Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is making it extremely difficult for me to dislike Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Though the movie “Social Network” certainly did not paint the most accurate picture of the guy, I still had him pegged as an “ass”; something I’ve been forced to reevaluate in the wake of his $100 million donation to the Newark public school system – and now this.
It was announced today that the 26-year-old (26! #$%#!) has decided to pledge the bulk of his current $6.9 billion fortune to charity. It’s certainly the hip thing for billionaires to do these days thanks to the efforts of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet in coming up with the idea. Obviously, you can’t take it all with you (though, according to The Onion, Oprah will try), which is how The Giving Pledge came to be. Zuckerberg, as well as 17 other wealthy individuals and families, are the latest to sign up — bringing the total number of wealthy Americans making the pledge to a staggering 57. That’s a lot of cash for charitable initiatives.
“People wait until late in their career to give back. But why wait when there is so much to be done?,” Zuckerberg said in a statement issued by The Giving Pledge. “With a generation of younger folks who have thrived on the success of their companies, there is a big opportunity for many of us to give back earlier in our lifetime and see the impact of our philanthropic efforts.”
Mark, I like you. Hell, you could be an ass the rest of your life and I’d still admire this move. Well done. Applause.