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. Days away from the premiere of The Social Network, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg moves up in the power rankings and pledges to donate $100 million in support of Newark’s public school system through his charitable foundation, Startup: Education.
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 a college dorm room six years ago to a movie premiere today, Facebook has become a worldwide networking sensation, with more than half a billion users to date, and the tech prodigy behind the multi-billion dollar social media site is CEO Mark Zuckerberg. At only 26 years old, Zuckerberg is well on his way to becoming one of the richest men in the world, recently being bumped up to No. 35 on the “Forbes 400” list and making him one of the youngest billionaires. Vanity Fair released its New Establishment ranking in the magazine’s October issue, crowning Zuckerberg “our new Caesar” at the top of the list. The Social Network, depicting Facebook’s controversial beginnings opened the 48th New York Film Festival on September 24 and sees its box-office premiere on Oct. 1. But the Palo Alto resident with an estimated net worth of $6.9 billion is more interested in keeping up education than public appearance. His $100 million, five-year grant, announced on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Sept. 24, will give a much-needed boost to Newark’s troubled public school system and marks only the beginning for his new foundation Startup: Education.