He’s the 26-year-old CEO and founder of a little site you might have heard of, Facebook, and now he’s Time’s Person of the Year — he is Mark Zuckerberg.
Time’s popular year-end list was unveiled December 15 on the Today show by editor Richard Stengel who said Mark Zuckerberg was Time’s Person of the Year for “connecting more than half a billion people” and “changing how we all live our lives.”
Richard Stengel was tasked in profiling the man that is responsible for developing more than just a web page — it’s a way of life. “More than half a billion people on the planet live in a world created by Mark Zuckerberg. The good news is, their friends all live there too,” Stengel wrote. “Zuckerberg founded the social networking site Facebook in his college dorm six years ago, but 2010 was the year that Facebook reached critical mass, both in sheer quantity of users and in its presence (through its ‘connect’ features) all over the Web.”
Zuckerberg changed our day-to-day lives and now he is the second youngest recipient of Time’s Person of the Year accolade. Charles Lindbergh received the honor when he was a mere 25 years old in 1927.
Mark Zuckerberg isn’t just sitting in his room surfing his friends’ Facebook pages, he’s doing something with his good fortune. The billion dollar kid recently donated $100 million to Newark schools and inspired the six-time Golden Globe nominated movie, The Social Network.
Zuckerberg is in good company as Time’s Person of the Year, enjoying the title as past winners President Barack Obama, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have. Mark Zuckerberg led an influential 2010 list that also included the Tea Party, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Chilean miners and Apple’s Steve Jobs.
What’s next for the world’s brightest young mind in social networking and Time’s Person of the Year? “The world’s youngest billionaire has no plans to slow Facebook’s growth, nor does it show any sign of stopping,” Stengel assured.