Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, turns 30 today.
He was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 2010; his story has already been turned into a Hollywood movie. He was the youngest self-made billionaire to ever appear on the Forbes Billionaires list when he debuted in 2008.
He coded his way into technology lore at a younger age than any of his predecessors: when Bill Gates turned 30, he had yet to launch Microsoft Windows. At that age, Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple, beginning a 10-year exile that concluded with the computer giant’s acquisition of his NeXT Computer, Inc. in 1996. When Larry Page reached the three decade mark, Google hadn’t even gone public.
His social network is used by 1.23 billion people around the world. The company is worth around $135 billion and will probably become the fastest in history to reach $150 billion. Its recent financial results have impressed Wall Street, in part with the success of its shift to mobile phones.