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[NEWS] Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg named ‘Person of the Year’ 2010 by wearesme
December 16, 2010, 9:47 pm
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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2010 and at 26 becomes the youngest since the first ever ‘Person of the Year’; Charles Lindbergh, who was 25 when he was selected in 1927.

The award is given to the figure Time believe have had the most influence on events in 2010. Time managing editor Richard Stengel said Mr Zuckerberg’s social networking service was “transforming the way we live our lives every day”.

Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook while a student at Harvard University in 2004. The social networking site now has more than 500 million users worldwide, employs more than 1,700 people and as many of you are probably aware, has had been subject of a film charting its rise; The Social Network.

Mr Zuckerberg, estimated to be worth $6.9bn (£4.4bn), is one of the richest people in the US, and earlier this month he became one of the latest billionaires to pledge to give away the majority of his wealth. He is one of 17 new people to support a group, founded by Bill Gates and his wife along with Warren Buffett, which encourages America’s wealthiest to publicly promise to donate to charity.

In a statement, Mr Zuckerberg said the Time award was “a real honour and recognition of how our little team is building something that hundreds of millions of people want to use to make the world more open and connected. I’m happy to be a part of that.”

Congratulations Mr Zuckerberg, but please stop pissing around with the Facebook layout! Thanks.

SME x




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