Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Named Time ‘Person of Year’

NEW YORK (AP/CBSNewYork) — Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, 26, has been named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2010.

The White Plains native has put himself on the map not only as one of the world’s youngest billionaires, but also as a prominent newcomer to the world of philanthropy.

Earlier this year, he pledged $100 million over five years to the Newark, N.J. school system. Now, he’s in the company of media titans Carl Icahn, 74, Barry Diller, 68, and others who have joined Giving Pledge, an effort led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett to commit the country’s wealthiest people to step up their charitable donations.

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Zuckerberg owns about a quarter of Facebook’s shares. Although he was born in White Plains, he was raised in Dobbs Ferry and attended Ardsley High School and Philips Exeter Academy.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke received the honor last year. The 2008 winner was then-President-elect Barack Obama. The 2007 winner was Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Other previous winners have included Bono, President George W. Bush, and Amazon.com CEO and founder Jeff Bezos.

Time’s “Person of the Year” is the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year for good or for ill.

  • capt

    Good for him! Bravo! Stop hating ppl, jealous much! I could not survive without my FB!

  • Jimmy

    It’s nice to see the younger generation changing the world. I hope for the better, since us boomers promised much but delivered little.

  • Derrick

    Because he gave money, he gets noticed. Actually what he did was fullfill bible prophecy which says, there will be a time when all people throughout the world will be able to speak together, in the end times.

    • Derrick

      speak together at once

  • YoNkErZbAbE

    Really sad How some people are HATERS and cant accept the fact that there are SMARTER people in this lifetime besides them..Congrats Mark u deserve the best

    • Michael H.

      Not hating, just saying that there are more people in this world that had a bigger impact this year than Zuckerberg. Why not Assange? Beck? Colbert/Stewart? The Unemployed American? Zuckerberg barely cracked the top 10 in Time’s poll.

  • Jay

    wow, look at all the haters here.

  • Fred

    Every dog has his day.

  • CSI

    Who cares if it goes under. He is Rich.

  • Michael H.

    Anybody want to take any bets on when Facebook goes the way of Myspace and Zuckerberg’s 15 minutes are up? Hope he set aside enough $$ to live on when people abandon Facebook for greener pastures in a year or two.

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