Twenty-six-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, the youngest billionaire in the world and CEO of Facebook has pledged to donate a mammoth sum of 100 million dollars to the public school system in Newark, New Jersey, reports PerezHilton.com.
The public school system in Newark is responsible for having some of the worst performing public schools in the United States and is in desperate need of some help.
It’s a very generous contribution at a very crucial time in young Zuckerberg’s life. The Social Network is only three weeks away from being released and the film paints a tainted picture of Zuckerberg. Although it may not be entirely factual, Zuckerberg could still face a blow to his reputation. Though we don’t truly begin to understand Zuckerberg’s true character, he is portrayed in the film as a jealous and conniving, yet never greedy. The end of the film humanizes Zuckerberg, but we know how viscous people can be and many will most likely look past his civility.
The charitable donation may have come straight from the heart, but it was also a good move on Zuckerberg’s part and may just aid him in avoiding a tidal wave of backlash from the film.