Today on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed his plan to donate $100 million to the Startup Education Foundation, a fund raising group in Newark, New Jersey. The announcement was leaked earlier this week, but Oprah convinced Zuckerberg, who often shies away from public appearances, to come onto the program.
“I’ve committed to starting the Startup Education Foundation whose first project will be a $100 million challenge grant,” Zuckerberg said. “Why education? Because every child deserves a good education. Right now that’s not happening. I’ve had a lot of opportunities in my life and that’s had a lot to do with going to great schools. The main thing I have to do is find great leaders and invest in them. That’s what we’re doing here.”
Oprah went behind the scenes of Zuckerberg’s home and life in Palo Alto, California with his girlfriend, Priscilla Chan. Zuckerberg apparently spends close to 16 hours a day at the Facebook headquarters. Although he never graduated from the university, Zuckerberg says he would not have this opportunity without his great education atÂ Harvard. “I have no doubt that if I didn’t have that opportunity I wouldn’t be sitting here today.”
Zuckerberg then had this to say about the new film The Social Network which will be released in theaters next week on October 1. “It’s a movie, it’s fun. “A lot of it is fiction, but even the filmmakers will say that. They’re trying to build a good story, but I’m going to promise you, this is my life, so I know it’s not so dramatic. Maybe it would be fun to remember it as partying and all this crazy drama. Maybe it will be an interesting story.
Thanks to social networks like Facebook and Twitter you can also help with education reform. Send a tweet about this post or about the Oprah Winfrey show you watched today. Post on your Facebook wall about how education reform is so important. Meetup with other Oprah Winfrey watchers to discuss the importance of education reform. Check out the trailer for Waiting for Superman below and check out the movie in a theater near you: