Most of us have a pretty good idea how Mark Zuckerberg — the youthful CEO of Facebook (the world’s most insanely popular social networking site) – got where he is today. Just in case you’re fuzzy on the facts, a new film in theaters on October 1st called The Social Network should set you straight, or at least offer the Hollywoodized version of the soap opera-like origins of Facemash, which morphed into TheFacebook.com.
What most people seem to be fixated on is the fact that the 26 year old, who failed to complete his education at Harvard, is now the youngest billionaire in the world, worth an eyeball-popping $6.9 billion). Unfortunately, all of that wealth can’t detract from the unflattering portrayal of Zuckerberg in the film version of his ascent to supreme internet ruler of the world as a “borderline-autistic conniver” who “was driven not just by money or fame but also sexual insecurity.”
Whatever type of guy he really is, his $100 million donation to aid the chronically troubled Newark public school system – which, by the way, he was personally never a part of – suggests that he has a keen awareness of how the power of philanthropy can make the world a better place. He’s officially making his big announcement on tomorrow’s Oprah show (strategy much?) which at least for a little while will remind the public that he really can’t be as awful as naysayers suggest.
Via New York Times