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Happy Birthday To White Plains'’ Mark Zuckerberg

Happy birthday to White Plains native Mark Elliot Zuckerberg.
Happy birthday to White Plains native Mark Elliot Zuckerberg. Photo Credit:

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to White Plains’ Mark Elliot Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg, who was born in White Plains, turns 32 on Saturday.

Zuckerberg, a computer programmer, Internet entrepreneur and philanthropist, was born May 14, 1984. He is best-known as one of five co-founders of the social networking website Facebook. Zuckerberg is the chairman and chief executive of Facebook Inc., and his personal wealth, as of April 2014, is estimated to be $25.3 billion. Mark Zuckerberg receives a $1 salary as CEO of Facebook.

In 2007, Zuckerberg was named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35. Zuckerberg donated an undisclosed amount to Diaspora, an open-source personal Web server that implements a distributed social networking service. He called it a "cool idea".

Zuckerberg founded the Start-up: Education foundation. On Sept. 22, 2010, it was reported that Zuckerberg had donated $100 million to Newark, N.J., Public Schools.

On Dec. 9, 2010, Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett signed a promise they called the "Giving Pledge," in which they promised to donate to charity at least half of their wealth over the course of time and invited others among the wealthy to donate 50 percent or more of their wealth to charity.

On Dec. 19, 2013, Zuckerberg announced a donation of 18 million Facebook shares to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, to be executed by the end of the month — based on Facebook's valuation as of then, the shares totaled $990 million in value. On Dec. 31, 2013, the donation was recognized as the largest charitable gift on public record for 2013. The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported on Feb. 10, 2014, that Zuckerberg's donation was the largest charitable gift on the public record in 2013 and put Zuckerberg and his wife at the top of the magazine's annual list of 50 most generous Americans in 2013, having donated roughly $1 billion to charity.

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