At the age of 19, Zuckerberg launched "Facebook" during his time at Harvard University with the purpose of allowing students to associate names with photos of their classmates.
In May 2012, he led Facebook to its initial public offering, and he currently holds approximately 13% of the company's stock.
Zuckerberg studied psychology and computer science at Harvard and developed "Facemash" for students to rate photos of each other based on who was better looking. It was shut down a few days later.
Soon after the launch of "Thefacebook," Zuckerberg was accused of manipulating some Harvard students and stealing their ideas to create a competing product.
Newspaper editors found out about the story and had plans to publish it, but Zuckerberg hacked two of the editors' email accounts by using their private login data logs from Thefacebook.
After the official launch of the Facebook social media platform, the three seniors filed a lawsuit against Zuckerberg, leading to a settlement.
Facebook has since become one of the most popular networking sites and has had an immense impact on the world we live in today.
In November 2021, Facebook rebranded as Meta to emphasize the company's shift toward the metaverse. Zuckerberg ranks as the 9th richest person in the world.
Mark Zuckerberg's net worth is an astounding $114.0 billion, and he and his wife have committed to donating 99% of their Meta stake during their lifetimes.