Facebook CEO Named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

Time magazine clicked “Like” on Facebook CEO Mark

Zuckerberg, naming him its 2010 Person of the Year. Previous tech luminaries to

make that list include Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, former Intel CEO Andy

Grove, and Microsoft magnate Bill Gates, who shared the honor with his wife

Melinda and U2 singer Bono.

“Facebook has merged with the social fabric of American

life, and not just American but human life: nearly half of all Americans have a

Facebook account, but 70 percent of Facebook users live outside the U.S.,”

reads Time’s

Dec. 15 article. “We have entered the Facebook age, and Mark Zuckerberg is

the man who brought us here.”

The article also describes Zuckerberg as possessing

“weapons-grade mental hardware” and self-control “so total that he drives an

Acura when he could afford a Bentley.” The 26-year-old Facebook CEO is also the

second-youngest Person of the Year, following Charles Lindbergh in 1927.

Even before Time’s announcement, Zuckerberg was well on his

way to becoming a cultural icon of sorts. Earlier this year, David Fincher’s

film “The Social

Network” portrayed him as a Machiavellian figure, backstabbing friends on

his way to making Facebook an Internet powerhouse. Written by Aaron Sorkin of

“West Wing” fame, who apparently based much of the script on Ben Mezrich’s book

“The Accidental Billionaires,” the film was vigorously derided as fiction by

Zuckerberg and his company spokespeople.

For more, read the eWeek article: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Is Time’s Person of the Year.

CIO Insight Staff
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