A Teenage Mark Zuckerberg Turned Down an Offer From His Dad. It’s Why Facebook Exists Today

Before Mark Zuckerbergleft for college in 2002, his father offered him a choice: He could either have a Harvard education, or else his father would purchase a McDonald’s franchise for him to run, according to a report at CNBC.com. The franchise would likely have provided many years or perhaps a lifetime of steady income. Today, franchise owners typically earn& $90,000 a year or more, CNBC.com says. [Disclosure: I’m a CNBC.com contributor.]

Each of the four Zuckerberg children got the same offer from their Dad, who was a dentist, Mark’s sister Randi Zuckerberg recalled in a CNBC interview. It was, in effect, a choice to either get an education and make their own way in the world, or follow an easier path and be set for life.

If someone had made me that offer before I went of to college, I have to admit, I’d probably have taken it.

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Boris Johnson tells single dad he might have to stop seeing his son

Boris Johnson in conversation with Christopher. (BBC)
Boris Johnson in conversation with Christopher. (BBC)

A single dad who asked Boris Johnson if he could see his son was told by the prime minister: “Check the website”.

The man, “Christopher from Margate”, asked what the guidance is for single parents who have regular contact with their children who live in a different county.

He explained how he lives in Kent, which is in Tier 1, while his son lives in Essex, which will move into Tier 2 on Saturday.

Christopher asked Johnson what he should do when one area is at a higher alert level under the government’s new three-tier local lockdown system, which was announced by Johnson on Monday.

Johnson, who was speaking at a Downing Street press conference, told him: “Christopher, I think the guidance, alas, is that if… you should go on the website, obviously, and check.

“But when places go into a higher tier

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