1. Mark Zuckerberg nearly worked for Microsoft.
When he was a senior in high school he co-created an app called Synapse Media Player, an MP3 player that kept track of the user’s favourite songs and made playlists based on their choices (this is before Spotify and Joox exist).
Microsoft sought to acquire the company and its founders, but instead of working for the Seattle tech giant, Mark and co-creator Adam D’Angelo – who went on to found Quora – got a patent for the tech and went to college instead. Great job!
2. He started inventing since he was in middle school.
The 12-years-old Mark created an instant messaging program that he called ZuckNet so his dentist father could know when patients arrived.
3. He may be rich, but he is a smart shopper.
Even though today he has a beautifully appointed home that is powered by an AI butler with Morgan Freeman’s voice, Mark revealed that he found all of his apartments on Craigslist. Can you image Tony Fernandez looking for his new home in mudah.my?
4. His eyesight is the reason behind Facebook’s colour scheme.
Facebook’s logo is blue because Zuckerberg has red-green colour blindness.
5. Mark can speak Mandarin.
Not only is he multilingual, but he has also always been interested in ancient languages such as Latin.
6. He turned down many offers to sell Facebook.
NewsCorp, MySpace, Viacom, Yahoo, NBC, Microsoft (again) and Google all tried but Mark held firm.
7. He admires Steve Jobs.
The late Apple founder’s bold leadership style inspired the message he put on his first business cards: “I’m CEO, bitch.”
8. You don’t need gym selfies to know Mark is a fitness buff.
For 2016, the father of two set a goal to run 365 miles during the course of the year. He met his goal midway through the summer.
9. Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso are his idols.
He has Einstein’s quote, “Make things as simple as possible but no simpler,” and Picasso’s insight that, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up,” as his favourites on Facebook.
10. As the owner, his dog is a huge celebrity too.
Beast, the Zuckerberg family’s Hungarian sheepdog, has his own Facebook fan page that has more than 2 million likes.
11. How many people does it take to manage the founder of Facebook’s profile? 12 to be exact.
It’s reported that a team of 12 people tend to his Facebook account, monitoring the comments, writing his posts and taking the photographs that end up on his page.
12. He’s real-life friends with Vin Diesel.
In an interview with The New York Times, the action star shared what the unlikely duo’s relationship is like.
“We were hanging out up at Facebook about two years ago, and I was excited about Fast 7. He said, ‘You know what movie I’d most like to see is the return of Xander Cage.’ It’s at a point where if Mark and I are together and if I quote a line from a character I played and I do it slightly wrong, he’ll correct me. It’s embarrassing!”
13. You thought he was tall until you see this:
He is only five feet and seven inches (approximately 170cm). A 2010 New Yorker profile reads, “He’s only around five feet eight, but he seems taller because he stands with his chest out and his back straight as if held up by a string.”
14. His signature T-shirt costs USD 300 to USD 400, that’s almost RM1,200 to RM1,600.
There’s a reason he wears the same thing every day. In a 2014 Q&A, when asked about his simple wardrobe, Zuckerberg said, “I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community.” However, there is a cost for simplicity. Mark’s iconic grey T-shirt, made by Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli, costs a whopping $300 to $400.
15. You can never block him on Facebook.
Well, you can unfollow him but blocking Mark or Priscilla Chan (his wife) isn’t an option for users. If you attempt to block them, an error message will appear that reads, “this profile can’t be blocked for now.” Try it!