Published On: Mon, Oct 14th, 2019

How Facebook tycoon Mark Zuckerberg adopted eccentric habit as a ‘personal challenge’ | Personal Finance | Finance

The technology tycoon and former Harvard student rose to prominence through his social media platform, Facebook. It soon became a worldwide sensation, and Mr Zuckerberg is now worth approximately £58billion. He has even bought out many of his competitors such as Instagram and WhatsApp. However, he has employed many unusual techniques to help get his creativity flowing on new projects. In a 2011 Telegraph article, journalist Nick Allen revealed: “The 27-year-old billionaire said his decision to kill his own meat was part of a ‘personal challenge’ he had set himself to appreciate food more and understand where it comes from.”

At the time, Mr Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook account saying: “I just killed a pig and a goat.”

After he received some negative backlash, he said, as Mr Allen explained, “he wanted to live more sustainably by only eating what he had personally killed. That has including eating the heart, liver and feet of a chicken”.

The entrepreneur then emailed Fortune magazine and said: “I started thinking about this last year when I had pig roast at my house. 

“A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn’t want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive.

“That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don’t have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.”

He continued: “I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have.”

He also boiled a live lobster as part of the challenge. 

Silicon Valley chef and supporter for sustainable organic agriculture Jesse Cool said: “He cut the throat of the goat with a knife, which is the most kind way to do it.”

The Facebook tycoon claimed he has since become a vegetarian after starting the sustainable living challenge. He and his girlfriend Priscilla Chan try to just eat vegetarian dishes when they eat out at restaurants now.

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This would include “the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes and the anxieties” associated with the progression of technology.

He said: “Every few weeks I’ll talk with leaders, experts and people in our community from different fields and I’ll try different formats to keep it interesting.”

Each talk was to be broadcast across his different platforms of Facebook and Instagram.

He added: “I’m an engineer, and I used to just build out my ideas and hope they’d mostly speak for themselves. But given the importance of what we do that doesn’t cut it anymore.”

The Facebook entrepreneur has recently come under criticism from Home Secretary Priti Patel along with her US and Australian counterparts after announcing plans to use end-to-end message encryption.

The politicians argued that this could endanger children, but Mr Zuckerberg rejected the group’s open letter and said his platform would protect the privacy of users.

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