What do Barack Obama, Adolf Hitler, Ted Turner, and Joseph Stalin have in common with Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg?
Besides their desires for world domination they’re now all members of the “Time” magazine Person of the Year club. Yesterday, 26-year-old Zuckerberg was named the Person of the Year for 2010. And he broke the news with a Facebook status update. Obviously.
He wrote, quote, “Being named ‘Time’ Person of the Year is a real honor and recognition of how our little team is building something that hundreds of millions of people want to use to make the world more open and connected. I’m happy to be a part of that.”
In 2010, Facebook added its 550 millionth member. One out of every 12 people on earth has a Facebook profile. The site accounts for one out of every four page views in the U.S. And the membership goes up 700,000 people per day.
This was also the year that Zuckerberg really became more of a public figure. Even though the movie “The Social Network” was highlydramatized and inaccurate, it still brought a ton of attention to him and the origin of Facebook.Zuckerberg’s net worth also went over $6 billion this year. And . . . he donated $100 million to Newark, New Jersey public schools and pledged to donate at least half of his wealth to charity.
–“Time” didn’t just choose him because of his resume . . . they also chose him for his vision. Zuckerberg has a vision to take the anonymity out of the Internet and make sitting in your room, alone, at your computer a social experience. And it’s working.
Zuckerberg is the second-youngest person to win the “Time” award. Charles Lindbergh was the first winner, back in 1927, after his legendary trans-Atlantic flight. He was 25 at the time.
The runners-up to Zuckerberg were the Tea Party Julian Assange, the man behind Wikileaks . . . the Chilean miners . . . and Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai.
Last year’s Person of the Year was the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke.