• By focusing on the trajectories of some of the most extraordinary entrepreneurs of our time, Andrews and Wood remind us of the immense transformative power of individuals relative to governments and other institutions.

    Yves Tiberghien

Übercast: Happy People

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg
  • Born: 1984, White Plains, New York, USA
  • Education: Harvard University
  • Organisation: Facebook
  • Website: Facebook
  • Image credit: Brian Solis

Building an IT empire was on Mark Zuckerberg’s cards from the start.

On the one hand, the schoolboy Mark was into the classics. He loved to read and quote from Homer’s Iliad, and his choice of sporting activity matched his taste in literature: he captained his school at fencing, the most classical of the martial arts.

On the other, he was a prodigious computing talent, who loved to use his programming skills to address real world problems. The Synapse Media Player, created by Zuckerberg and a schoolmate to dissect their friends’ musical preferences and construct play lists, attracted million dollar offers from Microsoft and others keen to acquire both Zuckerberg and his software. But Zuckerberg wasn’t interested.

He wanted his own empire.

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