You know him as the man behind the mega social media site Facebook. But do you know about how he got there?
As his company prepares to go public, we wanted to take a look back on his life and how he ended up as one of the most prominent tech company founders.
* Birth place: Dobbs Ferry, New York
* Birth name: Mark Elliot Zuckerberg
* Parents: Edward, a dentist, and Karen, a psychiatrist, Zuckerberg
* Education: Phillips Exeter Academy, 2002
Harvard University, 2002 – 2004, dropped out
* Is red-green colorblind.
* Took a graduate computer course at Mercy College when he was eleven.
* Became captain of the fencing team at Phillips Exeter Academy.
* Considered a prodigy by his early computer tutor David Newman.
* Co-created a software program named Synapse, which learned a listener's music habits.
* Met long-term girlfriend Priscilla Chan during his sophomore year at Harvard University.
* 1996 – Creates an instant messaging service for his dad's dentist office called ZuckNet.
* 2003 – Creates facemash.com at Harvard, a website rating system to rank the physical attractiveness of those whose pictures he had downloaded from the school directory – without permission. The site garners lots of attention, both positive and negative, from the student body, and negative attention from the school administration. Zuckerberg is forced to take the site down.
* November 2003 – Harvard seniors, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra approach Zuckerberg about building a website named HarvardConnection.com.
* February 4, 2004 – Zuckerberg, roommates Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz, and friend Eduardo Saverin launch thefacebook.com from Zuckerberg's Harvard dorm room.
* February 2004 – Expands Facebook from Harvard to Stanford, Columbia and Yale by the end of the month.
* June 2004 – Over 40 schools and 150,000 members are involved in thefacebook.com. To generate revenue ads are sold on the website.
* September 2004 – The Winklevosses and Narendra file a lawsuit against Zuckerberg, claiming he stole the idea for Facebook from HarvardConnection.com. Zuckerberg claims the HarvardConnection was a dating site and not a social networking site.
* May 2005 – Expands Facebook access to more than 800 colleges and universities.
* August 2005 – The name is officially changed to Facebook.com
* September 2005 – Facebook expands into high schools.
* May 2006 – Select corporations, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and others, become first workplace members.
* September 2006 – Facebook is opened to any user.
* March 2007 – Million plus users in Canada and the United Kingdom
* Spring 2008 – Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra settle their lawsuit against Zuckerberg. The settlement is $20 million in cash and $45 million stock options.
* March 2008 – Is named the youngest self-made billionaire by Forbes.
* September 2010 – Donates $100 million to the Newark public schools system.
* October 1, 2010 – The Social Network is released in theaters. The film is an unauthorized version of how Facebook started.
* December 2010 – Is named Time Person of the Year.
* April 2011 – The Winklevoss twins petition to re-open their lawsuit and void the settlement agreement on the grounds their $65 million settlement wasn't enough based on the new valuation of the company. The company was valued at $15 billion at the time of the settlement and the twins believe the more accurate value is $50 billion, making their share worth over $100 million more. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denies their petition leaving the original settlement in place.
* July 6, 2011 – Announces a Skype video chat feature to Facebook.
* March 2012 – Ranked 14th on The Forbes 400: Richest People in America, his net worth is listed as $17.5 billion.