Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is 30... and it will make you feel very, very old
The Facebook billionaire has reached a birthday milestone today
Wednesday 14 May 2014
Mark Zuckerberg famously didn’t say: “If you’re over 30, you’re a slow old man”, despite what the internet claims.
However, on the day the Facebook-founding multi-billionaire turns 30, he may choose to reflect on what he did tell technology entrepreneurs during a speech at Stanford University in 2007.
“I want to stress the importance of being young and technical,” he said. “Young people are just smarter. Why are most chess masters under 30? I don’t know. Young people just have simpler lives.”
Does this mean Zuckerberg, by his own admission, is already past it?
Probably not - and, anyway, he's already managed to cram plenty of success into his first three decades. He was named Time Person of the Year in 2010; his social network has more than 1.2 billion users; he’s had a Hollywood blockbuster made about him... oh, and he’s worth about $26bn.
Not bad for a man who wasn't even born when we’d already stopped worrying about what George Orwell warned might happen.
So if Mark Zuckerberg turning 30 makes you feel old, take a look at the gallery above for a sobering trip down memory lane.
Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
Bali nine: Welcome to 'Execution Island' – the Indonesian holiday resort where foreigners are sent to die
How Homer Simpson discovered the Higgs boson over a decade before scientists
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Harrison Ford plane crash: Star Wars actor 'seriously injured' after light aircraft crash lands
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Have you been doing a brilliant job in an admi...
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an innovative, senior H...
£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client, a very well respect...
£25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An HR Consultant is required to join thi...