• These überpreneurs are not just tackling the great challenges of our time, they are succeeding in changing our world for the better. This book offers stories of inspiration for every young person with the gleam of an idea on how to follow their lead.

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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.

"Move fast and break things"

Listen to Mark Zuckerberg on the future of smartphone networks

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