A billion users, a hundred billion friendships, 300 million photos and 3 billion likes every day. Calling Facebook a worldwide social network is hard to go wrong.
Is he or isn't he?
The CEO of Facebook is the ideologist and creator of the eponymous social network Mark Zuckerberg. Formerly a psychology student at Harvard University. Programming is his school horse, at the university Mark attended IT courses and called himself a hacker by vocation.
And if no one seeks to challenge the post of Facebook CEO, the authorship of the social network has become the subject of an unpleasant litigation: less than a week after the launch of Thefaсebook in the Harvard Crimson newspaper, Zuckerberg was accused of stealing intellectual property. Three Harvard seniors - the Winklevoss brothers and Divya Narendra - said that Mark had been playing around with them for a long time, promising to help create the social network HarvardConnection.com, while he himself, using their ideas, developed the Facebook. Subsequently, a lawsuit was filed in court. It is not known for certain whether the plaintiffs were right, but in the end the conflict was resolved through the payment of material compensation to the Winklevoss.
According to a more peaceful version, Facebook is the result of painstaking work of Mark Zuckerberg and his roommates Dustin Moskowitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin. The last of which was the financial source of the future company and at first even its CFO. After the official registration of Facebook and the distribution of shares, Saverin was literally ousted from the list of creators, which led to a new litigation. Eduardo Saverin is paid for moral damages and his name is restored to the list of founders of the company.
The first president of the Facebook company was the famous Internet entrepreneur Sean Parker. It was he who saw a wide financial potential in the possibilities of the social network, found the first large investors and helped Zuckerberg to dispel any doubts about his abilities. Thanks to his initiative, Zuckerberg occupies 3 out of 5 seats on the board of directors. Parker leaves the company in 2005, but remains involved with Facebook and maintains a business relationship with Zuckerberg.
Today, Mark Zuckerberg is the main owner, founder and CEO of Facebook. The executive director is the American entrepreneur Sheryl Sandberg, the chief financial officer is David Ebersman. The list of major owners also includes investor companies: Accel Partners, Digital Sky Technologies and Peter Thiel.