Billionaire founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year, an accolade bestowed up the man or woman deemed to have most influenced world events in the past year.
The 26 year old Harvard dropout created Facebook back in 2004 before celebrating 500 million active users of the site in July of this year. Reported to be rapidly closing in on the 600 million user mark, Facebook has still yet to infiltrate large areas of the world with Africa, China and Russia recording feel social adopters.
Celebrating Zuckerberg’s selection as the Person of the Year Time journalist Lev Grossman said: "In less than seven years, Zuckerberg wired together a twelfth of humanity into a single network, thereby creating a social entity almost twice as large as the US.” Grossman went on to add: "We have entered the Facebook age, and Mark Zuckerberg is the man who brought us here."
Zuckerberg, who this year placed 6th in the T3 Tech 100, the most influential people in tech, was selected "for connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives."
Beating the likes of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, the US Tea Party political movement and the 33 successfully rescued Chilean miners, Zuckerberg was noted for his philanthropy, having followed in the footsteps of Microsoft founder Bill Gates and pledging to donate half of his wealth. On his generosity the Facebook CEO last week said: "People wait until late in their career to give back. But why wait when there is so much to be done?"