Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. Today, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg is addressing privacy concerns as his company gets closer to the half-billion-member milestone.
Industry: Social Media
What Made Him Haute: Zuckerberg is the genius who invented Facebook in a Harvard dorm room in 2004 and became the youngest Forbes billionaire in 2008 after Microsoft bought a stake, valuing it at $15 billion.
What Makes Him Haute Now: From meeting with the Prime Minister of England (where Facebook dominates) to hiring the company’s first Vice President of Global Public Policy to address global privacy concerns, it seems everyone wants a piece of Zuckerberg. With 400 million users, Fast Company wonders if he’s actually more powerful than President Obama. Currently he’s getting ready for the upcoming film “Facebook – The Social Network,” starring Justin Timberlake, with music by Trent Reznor, the Nine Inch Nails frontman.