Studies show that reading sharpens your mind so it comes as no surprise that these 11 business books Mark Zuckerberg wants you to read have helped him be on top of the game in the social media industry. The Facebook founder started a book club in 2015 called A Year of Books wherein he publicly committed to reading a book every two weeks.
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is a true blue New-Yorker born on May 14, 1984 at White Plains, New York. He was raised by his father Edward Zuckerberg, a dentist, and mother Karen Kempner, a psychiatrist. He and his three sisters Arielle, Donna, and Randi spent most of their life in Dobbs Ferry, New York. At age 12, he networked his family’s computers to communicate with each other.
As a student, Zuckerberg was an achiever. He excelled in classical studies and science back in high school at the Phillips Exeter Academy. By the time he got to college, he was already proficient in Ancient Greek, French, Latin, and Hebrew. His friend, Napster co-founder Sean Parker, said that he’s really into Greek mythology, and he even quoted lines from Virgil’s “Aeneid” at a Facebook product meeting.
During his sophomore year at Harvard University, Zuckerberg created Facemash that allowed students to choose which ones are hot or not. It became the most popular page in Harvard’s entire network, but it was shut down due to multiple legal issues. On February 4, 2004, he co-founded Facebook and consequently dropped out of college that year so he could focus on his new site.
By the end of 2004, Facebook had a million users and as of this writing, the biggest social networking site has ballooned to over 1.65 billion monthly active users. The 32-year-old genius currently has a real time net worth of $50.9 billion. In 2010, he was named as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year and was also included in the publication’s All-Time TIME 100 of All Time where he is the only person from the 21st century. He is also a philanthropist, putting up the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, with his wife Priscilla, for the advancement of human potential and promotion of equality.
We’ll take a peek into his beautiful mind through his recommended books curated from Business Insider, Inc.com, and Entrepreneur. Similar to the 11 business books Bill Gates wants you to read, this list is a good resource for professionals and business owners who want to learn beyond what the how-to books offer. Let’s take a quick tour at Zuckerberg’s book shelf!