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Dec 15, 2010:

CEO and Founder of Facebook, Mark Zukerberg, has been crowned as Time Magazine’s person of the year. This shouldn’t be a surprise since Mark was the subject of the blockbuster hit The Social Network which was released in 2010 and follows around the story of how Mark came into thinking of developing Facebook.

Time managing editor Richard Stengel said Mr Zuckerberg’s social networking service was “transforming the way we live our lives every day”.

Mr Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook while a student at Harvard University in 2004. It now has more than 500 million users worldwide and employs more than 1,700 people.

In a statement, Mr Zuckerberg said the Time award was “a real honour 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.”

Mr Zuckerberg, estimated to be worth $6.9bn (£4.4bn), is one of the richest people in the US, and earlier this month he became one of the latest billionaires to pledge to give away the majority of his wealth.

He is one of 17 new people to support a group, founded by Bill Gates and his wife along with Warren Buffett, which encourages America’s wealthiest to publicly promise to donate to charity.

The title is awarded to the figure deemed to have had the most influence on world events that year. In 2009, it was US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and in 2008, it was President Obama.

via BBC

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