Mark Zuckerberg Named Time's Person of the Year

Published: December 15th 2010
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In 1982, Time magazine choose the personal computer as the "Person of the Year", now, almost 29 years later, Facebook founder and CEO and one of the world's youngest billionaires, Mark Zuckerberg which came to greatness due to the aforementioned invention has been given the honor to be named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2010.


It's hard to imagine our lives without Facebook, one of the most dominant sites online, which changed the way we experience the web. Over the last few years it has been growing rapidly and now it's everywhere. We use it to share our thoughts, actions and current location with our friends, we upload our photos to it, we play games on it, we interact with the world on it and much much more. It's said, that with over 500 million users, Facebook is the third largest "country" in the world in terms of population, and it's all due to Mark Zuckerberg.


Zuckerberg the jewish computer genius has definitely made a dent on the web, but he is also a major player in the world of philanthropy. Just last week, we heard of the 26-year-old, Harvard dropout, Zuckerberg's philanthropic acts- as he joined the Giving Pledge which was created by Warren Buffett and Microsoft's founder Bill Gates to give over half his wealth to charity. But, that's not all. Earlier this year, Zuckerberg has contributed $100 million for a five year plan to renovate the New Jersey's public school system.


He was also the subject of the Hollywood film "Social Network", which tells the unofficial story of how Facebook was created. A story which portrays Zuckerberg as a backstabber. Nevertheless, it seems the movie has contributed even more to his popularity.


Just for comparison, last year the Federal Reserve's chairman, Ben Bernanke received the honor. The year before it, the winner was US President Barack Obama whose election-campaign took over the entire world's media. The 2007 winner, was Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Previous winners include Bono, President George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, the then- Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres as well some legendary historical figures such as Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Mohandas Gandhi.


To become this year's winner, Zuckerberg has beaten many protruding opponents including Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange and the president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. "More than 1.5 million people voted in our poll this year; ultimately though, Time's person of the year is an editorial choice," a Time spokesman said.

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