What is the IQ of Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook?

What is the IQ of Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook?

No one can say exactly what Mark Zuckerberg's IQ is, as he has failed a formal IQ test. However, various sources based on biographical data, publications and achievements, estimate it at 152.

How was Mark Zuckerberg's life?

Have you been told that excesses are negative? Well, it depends on how you overdo it, right? Surely when Mark Zuckerberg began to have flashes of genius and demonstrate the skills that he possessed, no one thought it was wrong. The opposite happened, as he received the unconditional support of his parents.

Mark Zuckerberg playing chess with Carlsen

Next, I will mention some events where Mark begins to differentiate himself from the rest and stand out for his intelligence:

  • He ranked first in his classes.
  • In his third year he won awards in mathematics, astronomy, and physics.
  • At the beginning of his university stage, he had already mastered the reading and writing of French, Hebrew, Latin and ancient Greek. Besides his native English, of course.

All of the above sounds great; however, we must admit that within the circle of the gifted, Mark is one of those with the lowest coefficient. If we compare it with Albert Einstein's and Stephen Hawking's 160 or with the exorbitant Marilyn vos Savant's 228, it seems that Zuckerberg would not stand out. However, when we look at the empire he has created, we realize that Just as important as having a high IQ is what we dare to do with it.

At twenty-three years old, Mark Zuckerberg had become the youngest billionaire according to Forbes magazine. Did his high IQ have something to do with this? It is very likely it did, since when he was only twelve years old, his passion for programming came to light.

Mark Zuckerberg in Forbes Magazine

While he was studying at Harvard University, the one to which so many young people aspire and the same one that rejects thousands of applications every year, Mark took advantage of his free time to create a website with his roommates somewhat different from what was known so far.

The purpose of the website would be to create a network so that University students could connect through it. However, later it would be extended to allow former schoolmates or even childhood friends that life had distributed to different parts of the city, and even the world, to reconnect.

Mark Zuckerberg programming

A true social revolution!

The biggest risk is not taking any. In a world that is changing so fast, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not to take risks. Mark Zuckerberg

The project would be called Caralibro or, according to its original name, Facebook.

As his fortune turned to $ 6.9 billion in 2010, the "new prince of the Internet", as Mark began to be called, displayed a profile on his own Facebook, with which he gave know his humanistic side by revealing that he was a person interested in Psychology.

His outfit was far from being the classic executive with an IQ through the roof; his T-shirt and sports shoes look revealed a simple, accessible billionaire and, at least judging by his appearance, with the same pretensions as you and me.

Here, I share one of the happiest moments in the life of Mark Zuckerberg. When you receive an email from Harvard confirming that they have accepted your application.

With a bank account that looked like it was going to burst at any moment as large as it was, Zuckerberg revealed the place where he lived when Facebook shares were already trading at the top of the stock market: in a one-bedroom apartment, with just a mattress that served as a bed.

There are two factors that attract a lot of attention in Mark's life:

  • The first of these is that a person with a remarkable profile on informatics had a penchant for Psychology.
  • The second is that he liked to keep his restless brain in constant activity and tasks of discovery.

Does this have something to do with your intelligence? As we will see next, most likely yes.

Mark Zuckerberg fun facts

What's a bio without fun facts? The minds of the gifted can surprise us with their occurrences and creations, so here are some facts that you probably did not expect about the brilliant mind behind Facebook:

First messaging app

At the age of twelve, he created an instant messaging program that he called ZuckNet. He did so with the intention of helping his father, who was a dentist, organize his appointments with patients.

Mark Zuckerberg's First App: ZuckNet

Microsoft wanted to recruit him

Microsoft tried to recruit him. For the tech giant, Mark did not go unnoticed, especially after the young man had created Synapse Media Player, an mp3 player application that built automatic playlists.

Sure, today is something as elementary as water, but when Zuckerberg was in his last year of high school, it was something never seen before.

Eventually, Mark seized the patent for his creation, entered the coveted Harvard, and declined Microsoft's generous offer. It was precisely at this university where he met his wife, during a party, in line to go to the bathroom.

Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs

Do you know why Natalie Portman is grateful to Zuckerberg?

Generally, we thank others for their compliments, certain information they give us, and, if we are lucky enough, the favors they do to us.

However, there is something the Oscar's winner Natalie Portman is grateful to Zuckerberg that doesn't pop up in the average thank you lists:

"I appreciate that he is so young," the actress said in an interview.

What exactly was she referring to?

Well, the story begins with the emergence of Facebook. As we already know, a very young Zuckerberg created and launched the Facebook platform to the world within the facilities of Harvard University, in 2004, exactly one year after Portman obtained his diploma in Psychology, coincidentally, also from Harvard University.

To help you connect the facts, let's remember that the initial purpose of Facebook was to establish a connection between the students of the aforementioned university. And when we say connections, we also mean to make eternal certain moments that every student, once they have reached adulthood, would give anything so that it would have never been recorded.

When the actress was asked about her peculiar gratitude to the prodigious-minded boy who gifted the world with the possibility of reunion, with a smile, she stated:

It is good to make mistakes and nonsense when you are a teenager or a young adult, they will not haunt you forever. Natalie Portman

Can you imagine Natalie Portman having a “crazy party,” with a drink in hand and makeup running? The truth is that if you imagine it, keep that image very well in your memory, because thanks to Zuckerberg's youth, we will never have a photograph of the crazy years of the protagonist of The Black Swan and Thor.

Mark Zuckerberg y Natalie Portman

You can never block it from Facebook

That, of course, in case you have the privilege of having him on your friends list or, due to those coincidences of life, he has sent you a message. Apparently, the boy has contacts with the board of the company and his profile has certain privileges.

He is more interested in serving your community than your outfit.

That's why, He has made the decision to wear the same outfit, informal of course, every day. According to himself, he stated in an interview:

There are psychological studies on the subject, but the reason is because I want to have to make the fewest decisions in my life to be able to focus on the platform. I don't want to waste my energy on frivolous things in my life. It may sound silly about that, but there are great people like Steve Jobs and Obama who do the same. Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg's outfit

Drive a Volkswagen Golf GTI

And also a three hundred thousand dollar Acura, but it is nothing compared to the fortune he has made.

Although it sounds incredible, Zuckerberg has an official salary of $ 1. Of course he is offset by the $ 422 million he has in Facebook shares.

Mark Zuckerberg's Volkswagen Golf GTI

He is a fan of Julius Caesar

Mark is a devoted admirer of Julius Caesar, the Roman Emperor. His fanaticism arose when he was studying Latin. He was so captivated by the story of this character that he decided to spend his honeymoon in Rome. In a question and answer game, his wife Priscilla Chan said that it was practically a honeymoon of 3, as Zuckerberg did not stop talking about Julius Caesar.

Mark Zuckerberg fan of Julius Caesar

He is color blind

Marck is colorblind, so the Facebook logo is blue, to avoid problems when distinguishing it.

He's got a robot voiced by Morgan Freeman

He has a robotic butler who speaks with the voice of the famous actor Morgan Freeman, as it is quite comforting to hear his voice.

Mark Zuckerberg's Butler Robot

Why is Elon Musk criticizing Facebook?

Visionary electric car magnate Elon Musk openly expressed his contempt for Facebook in a Tweet in response to a post by Sacha Baron Cohen.

We do not allow one person to control the water for 2.5 billion people. We do not allow one person to control electricity for 2.5 billion people. Why do we let one man control the information that 2.5 billion people see? Sacha Baron Cohen, British actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer

What would be the reasons why Elon Musk is against the most used social network in the world? Based on some external sources and especially on his statements, such as when he described as pathetic and invited users to delete their Facebook accounts, I summarize the cause of his contempt for Facebook in the following:

The idea that by creating Facebook Marck Zuckerberg was doing a noble mission that would help break boundaries and unite the world is totally rejected by Elon Musk. He considers that instead of helping the world he made it more mediocre.

Musk understands Facebook as the means that allows information from millions of people to be taken in order to use them at their convenience to gain power and obtain more money.

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg

Another reason are the countless information leakage scandals surrounding Facebook in recent years. Among them, the acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, where according to Musk, the creator of Facebook lied to regulators by stating that independence would be respected between the user management of his newly acquired applications.

Well, as the years have passed we have witnessed how the integration of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp services has been strengthened.

In addition, Zuckerberg has earned many detractors for the way he has monopolized digital media.

Remember that when he has not been able to buy a competitor, such as Snapchat, he copies the innovative features and with his economic power and computer deployment it ends up sinking its competition.

According to his opponents, this is despicable, unethical and should be punished. Regulators should never have allowed the purchase of WhatsApp and Instagram, otherwise this would have allowed greater competition in the industry and, consequently, all the abuses that Facebook presumably commits today would have been avoided.

They are only opinions that can have a lot of truth.

Elon Musk Tweet

Is Mark Zuckerberg still programming?

Zuckerberg is definitely a good programmer.

As far as we know, the creator of Facebook stopped programming in 2006 to prioritize his leadership responsibilities at Facebook.

When Mark visited Nigeria in 2016 he publicly expressed that one of the saddest moments of his life was when he had to give up his programming profile. Well, as he has said:

There is an elegance in writing code that I miss a lot. Mark Zuckerberg

During the same interview in Nigeria with entrepreneurs and technology developers, he said the following:

The code always does what you want, people don't. Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg's love for programming is pretty clear to us. However, despite this, Mark decided to specialize in Psychology leaving computer science aside.

Those who know Mark, his friends and former Harvard classmates, do not see Mark as a programming genius. He was never rated among the best programmers in his circle or even in TopCoder, a site that promotes competitiveness among programmers and rates them for their demonstrated skills.

So we can say that Mark's success is much more likely to be responsible for his emotional abilities like personal tenacity and work ethic, combined with his creativity, rather than just his talents as a programmer.

Mark Zuckerberg programming

The disastrous fall of Facebook in 2018

Surely you have heard that the higher we fly, the more painful the fall, and the truth is that the high IQ of the creator of Facebook did not help to anticipate what would happen to his company due to a security error.

In 2016, there was a scandalous data leak from Facebook to the British company Cambridge Analytica. While Zuckerberg acknowledged his negligence and his team's in the mistake, Cambridge Analytica used the data of eighty-seven million users to collaborate with Donald Trump's campaign in the year two thousand and sixteen, illegally.

Due to this unforeseen rise in the company, the shares dived 23% in 2018, when Zuckerberg was forced to appear before the United States Congress and the European Parliament to give explanations.

Within the records of Facebook, there is a very uninspiring one for those who created this company with such love and dedication: having suffered the largest collapse of its shares in history in a period of only twenty-four hours.

It is clear that we did not do enough to prevent this tool also being used for damage. Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg said, referring to the inability that his company demonstrated to combat false news, another of the accusations that brought him to court.

The versions found did not take long to darken the face of the former university student when the news that Facebook closed agreements with technology majors, such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Amazon and Apple, was released to the world through the pages of the New York Times .

To give a break to one of the most gifted millionaires in history, Netflix and Amazon were quick to react in his defense. According to their statements, their use of user data was always subject to privacy policies and, at no time, none of them accessed the users' private conversations, something that did not coincide with the version of the New York Times.

We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I'm sorry. I started Facebook, I manage it and I am responsible for what happens here. Mark Zuckerberg

The clear humility that is breathed through the words of one of the current prodigius of the world, responds to a quality that is directly related to the IQ. It is not related in the sense that it helps us to increase it, but it is a tool that has been proven that cannot be lacking in a person who intends to lead a satisfactory social, work and personal life in today's world: we are talking about emotional intelligence.

Facebook crash

What is emotional intelligence?

Until 1983, intelligence had been considered a skill only related to knowledge. If you could do:

  • mental accounts, you were smart;
  • If you memorized historical dates, you were smart;
  • if you knew the physics formulas, you were smart.

However, if you were the best classmate, but your average was low, you were a good boy, nothing more.

Fortunately, in the early 1980s, Professor Howard Gardner divided intelligence to better understand it, by creating the concept of multiple intelligences. Among them was emotional intelligence.

Do you know what the incredible coincidence is in this matter? What Gardner was a Harvard professor!

Later, psychologist Daniel Goleman took Gardner's concept and deepened it. So, we have that emotional intelligence is the ability to manage emotions to feel in harmony with ourselves, regardless of what happens around us.

The characteristics of emotional intelligence are:

  • empathy,
  • self-control,
  • managing emotions,
  • the enthusiasm and
  • self motivation.

Imagine a twelve-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, do you think his parents should encourage him to do his homework? Or can you imagine him in his bedroom, trying to finish his homework as soon as possible to pursue his great passion: programming?

A person with emotional intelligence does not wait for the people around him to give him the motivation he needs, but takes the initiative to set goals and sets out to achieve them. Therefore, he is a person who lives motivated, since he is very excited to be able to achieve his goals. So your teachers won't have the need to pressure you to study, since you always study with pleasure.

Do you know another curiosity? Each of the components of multiple intelligences adds points to our IQ. This means that if you are a genius with the guitar, your IQ score will be higher.

Now let's get back to Mark. How do you think he felt as he received accusatory stares and the press kept taking pictures of him as he answered questions about his company's data breach?

Mark Zuckerberg answering in court

It probably didn't feel good at all, do we agree?

And what would you have done instead?

If you are a person with strong emotional intelligence, then you would not have thought twice and apologized. On the other hand, a situation of pressure and anguish can change the life of a person who has not cultivated his emotional intelligence.

Through Mark's phrases, through which he admitted his mistake and apologized, we realize that he is an empathetic person, fully capable of putting pride in his pocket and putting himself in the shoes of people who have result harmed by their negligence.

Do you know what Goleman tells us about emotional intelligence?

The control of the emotional life and its subordination to a goal is essential to spur and maintain attention, motivation and creativity. Daniel Goleman is a psychologist, journalist and writer

Do you want to have the emotional intelligence of Mark Zuckerberg? So start by finding your goal.

A nervous Mark Zuckerberg

Can you increase IQ throughout life?

Yes, fortunately, the answer is a outright yes.

It's all about plasticity. Does that word sound familiar to you? You've probably heard it from your fitness trainer or gym teacher at school. Just as exercise and stretching make your body more flexible, certain brain practices make your brain become plastic and, do you know what happens? You get smarter!

And we do not say it, it is said by Lutz Jäncke, a neuropsychologist who conducted a very in-depth research on the matter at the University of Zurich.

What do you have to do? According to Jäncke, even people who have passed the sixth decade of life will develop a smarter brain if they learn to play a musical instrument. In addition to that, you can also practice all this so that in your next intelligence tests, your IQ will surprise you positively, perhaps as much as it did with Mark Zuckerberg at the time:

  • Do simple math exercises
  • Develop your lateral thinking (Think outside the box!)
  • Read
Mark Zuckerberg reading

Habits of the Gifted

Is it true that people with an above-average IQ have special habits? Yes, it is totally true. Just as you have surely heard about the habits of millionaires, smart people have their own and we would love for you to know them so that you can put them into practice:

Ethics while working

It is not about making money at any price. Those with the intelligence of Mark Zuckerberg know how to brake before doing something wrong or stepping on heads in their way.

Irrepressible curiosity

A high IQ is just the base. What will make you an eminence is the knowledge that you can contribute to the world, and this you will obtain by being an insatiable curious.

Disruptive creativity

When you are in front of intelligent children, one of the traits that stands out the most in them is that everything they create seems to go in the opposite direction from what their classmates do. They do challenge the popular saying "everything is made up."


What is this? It is about insisting and taking failures as a simple stumble along the way. Within the mental abilities of people with an IQ through the sky, is the one that refers to start over.

Mark Zuckerberg solving algorithms

And what happened to Zuckerberg and his privileged IQ?

After winning the award for "character of the year" according to Times magazine, in 2012, Mark married Priscilla Chan, whom he had met at the University in 2003. Three years later, his first daughter would be born, Maxima, and two years later, August, her second daughter, would come into the world.

It should be noted that by then the one-bedroom apartment had been forgotten, or better yet, had been replaced by a mansion in Palo Alto, which would become the love nest of the newlyweds.

It is also important to stand out that Mark's fortune went from almost seven billion dollars to eighty-five billion; a substantial change.

Since then, Mark and Priscilla gave body and life to CZI, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a entrepreneurship in which research and education projects are born.

So, do you think that Mark's coefficient may have left behind the already outstanding 152, to become an even more surprising number? We leave the answer open for you to complete.

We just remind you that, according to the most recent research on the human brain, you can increase your intelligence and acquire more mental abilities if you put your neurons to work.

And, what's your IQ? And most important, what are you planning to turn it into?

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