Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

PALO ALTO (AP) – Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time’s “Person of the Year” for 2010, joining the ranks of winners that include heads of state and rock stars as the person the magazine believes most influenced events of the past year.

At 26, Zuckerberg is the youngest “Person of the Year” since the first one chosen, Charles Lindbergh; he was 25 when he was named in 1927, Time said Wednesday. Zuckerberg beat out Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II by just two weeks: She was 26 when she was named in 1952.

Incidentally, Queen Elizabeth II has recently joined Zuckerberg’s social networking behemoth.

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. 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. KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports: In naming Zuckerberg, Time cited him “for changing how we all live our lives.”

In a posting on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg said that being named Time’s “Person of the Year” was “a real honor 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.”

Zuckerberg 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, Barry Diller 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.

Zuckerberg owns about a quarter of Facebook’s shares.

Zuckerberg has built Facebook into an international phenomenon by stretching the lines of social convention and embracing a new and far more permeable definition of community. In this new world, users are able to construct a social network well beyond what would ever be possible face-to-face.

“I’m trying to make the world a more open place,” Zuckerberg says in the “bio” line of his own Facebook page.

Born in Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room, the site has in six years grown to more than 500 million users worldwide and a dollar worth in the billions.

Facebook was the subject of director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s film “The Social Network.” It features a dark portrayal of Zuckerberg by Jesse Eisenberg, as well as the direction he’s taking his company and his status as one of America’s most influential figures.

The film has been picked as the best of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review. On Tuesday, it received six Golden Globe nominations, including best picture, drama, going up against its chief rival, the British monarchy tale “The King’s Speech,” which led with seven nominations.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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  • Mass Media Sucks

    This is such BS! It should have been Assange and the editor at Time knows it! This magazine was irrelevant before and continues to prove its irrelevance in the world.

  • Mr.me

    Uh Wikileaks? Just a few days ago it was wikileaks. Now of course theres is not even a mention of Julian Assange. Time magazine is NOT an example of Freedom of the Press. We lost that awhile ago.

    • Janelle

      bfqxON Kudos! What a neat way of thinking about it.

  • Bernard Young

    Sad but true, Freedom of Press no longer exists in the US or Canada … you have to go and somewhere else to find it … Sucks for those people who came to north america in hope if freedom. The corporate owned media is an instrument of lying and dis-information since the iraq war started in 2003 and right before.

  • marc

    The Wikileaks CEO is a tool. He only effected the news for afew days or weeks and nothing will happen because he is posting top secret information. Who cares about him. Zuckerberg has so much more influence and on a broad range of demographics which will continue to make an impact for years to come.

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