In the race for this year’s issue of the United States news magazine’s award Zuckerberg overtook significant candidates – Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai, the Chilean miners, the Tea Party and probably the most controversial among the others – Julian Assange, the founder of Wiki Leaks.
But Facebook CEO has invited the critical eye of the Esquire magazine, which has named him one of the worst dressed men of the year. Zuckerburg has landed in ‘The 2010 Celebrity Style Hall of Shame’ of the U.S. men’s magazine alongside celebrities like Robert Pattinson, Russell Brand, Joaquin Phoenix, Ed Westwick and Nick Cannon.
“We’ve already discussed the Facebook muppet’s sartorial choices at some length. Hell, we even suggested him as a stylish Halloween costume. But just to reiterate: no matter how much money you have or how many people’s secrets you hold in your digital palm, you cannot show up to a black-tie event in a t-shirt and jeans and expect to be taken seriously,” the magazine commented on Zuckerburg.
After being granted this prestigious award, Zuckerberg made a statement on his Facebook profile in which he described being named as Time Person of the Year as a ‘real honor’. He also added that the Time’s choice was a ‘recognition of how hid little team is building something that hundreds of millions of people wanted to use to make the world more open and connected. ‘I’m happy to be a part of that’, Zuckerberg wrote.
Mark Zuckerberg invaded the world of business after founding an addictive social-networking site Facebook in February 2004. The golden boy created the software in the Harvard’s dormitory room. Though his roommates even today claim he did it just for fun, hardly anybody can question the fact that Zuckerberg became world’s youngest billionaire. He moved from a dorm to Sillicon Valey and sold a small piece of his business child to Microsoft, which purchased 1.6 percent stake… for $240 million!
For those who might consider the Time’s choice controversial it is worth reminding some other famous laureates. The group of the annual award’s laureates includes such infamous names as Hitler, who got the prize a year before the outbreak of the World War II or Stalin, who was awarded twice – in 1939 and 1942. Let’s keep in mind that the Time intention is to award people who ‘have done the most to influence the events of the year for better of for worse.’
The 26-year CEO is the youngest person to be granted this title since the choice of Charles Lindbergh, an American aviator who took the Time’s honor in 1927 at the age of 25.