If committing to 120 minutes is too much here's the short version: Guy goes to Harvard, guy invents Facebook, guy becomes crazy rich and is sued by three different classmates, guy holds IPO and is suddenly a billionaire.
The truth is, though, that Zuckerberg isn't just a billionaire: He's worth over $60 billion, according to Forbes. He's the fourth-richest person in America, falling short of only Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett, and is one of the 10 richest people in the world. Yet for all those gobs and gobs of money (we imagine the bags of his cold, hard cash could fill several rooms), his lifestyle is anything but lavish—Mark Zuckerberg is not your average tech CEO. But first, just because it's fun, a few words about his wealth.
Zuckerberg also spent $30 million buying up all the neighborhood's surrounding property, but despite the rumors that he was looking to create a hermit-like compound that may or may not be surrounded by a moat or giant wall, it appears it was just to prevent a developer from selling off the houses to would-be peeping Tom's.
In addition to the Palo Alto expanse, the CEO owns a whopping 700 acres on the island of Kauai, which at the time of purchase included a sugarcane factory, an organic farm and of course a private beach. In other words, it's shaping up to be one badass vacation spot.
There's the fact that he wears the same T-shirt-and-hoodie combo every single day. There's the fact that he drives a Volkswagen. There's the fact that he and Priscilla were caught eating McDonald's while on their honeymoon in Italy. And outside of that vacation, they don't travel excessively—they take two weeks over the holidays to go on vacation, but more often than not they choose to simply visit Chan's family back in China.
Oh, and as CEO of Facebook, he pays himself only $1 per year.
Zuckerberg is always quick to talk about his work on the Initiative or to share live developments on his Facebook page—like his wife's pregnancies or his daughter's first steps—but he doesn't live an outwardly public life—he doesn't hit the Hollywood party circuit or the hotspots in New York, and he's rarely snapped by the paparazzi. And what he does choose to share with the world is carefully selected and part of an even more carefully crafted message.
We think he could be running for President.
The idea that Zuck, as he's so affectionately referred to by his coworkers and the Facebook community at large, is not new, but the rumor is also relatively recent when considered in the context of Facebook's history. Word began circulating that he may be considering higher office earlier this year when he started giving a few seemingly strategically-timed speeches and making a few strategically-timed appearances. Zuckerberg has consistently denied any such political inclinations, but we also know that denial is always the first step to running for office. And there are just too many signs to ignore.
Then there is all of the aforementioned carefully selected personal information feeds into the narrative that he is a family man, with values akin to a person fit for public office. Look at that guy teaching his daughter how to swim! Wouldn't you want him to be in charge of helping all our daughters? is probably what he hopes everyone will think.
Plus, running for office would be another creative way for Zuck to spend his hard-earned money. If he's not going to drive fancy cars, then he can certainly afford to finance a campaign. It will probably be awhile before we get any official answers on these potential political aspirations, but until then we'll be keeping a watchful eye—on both the press tours and that Hawaiian estate.