Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is donating $100 million to help improve public schools in Newark, N.J., just hours before The Social Network premieres in New York City.
What better way to smooth over a Hollywood-cooked public relations disaster
than by feeding $100 million to schools in need?
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg-who is being
relentlessly derided by former acquaintances and business partners in the
build-up to a movie about the social network's creation-is donating $100
million to help improve public schools in Newark, N.J.
Zuckerberg, along with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory
A. Booker, will announce the gift, geared to start a foundation for education,
on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" Sept. 24, according to The New
Zuckerberg, who grew up in Dobbs Ferry, New
York, has no formal ties to Newark.
said Zuckerberg and Booker
met at a conference this summer. There, Booker told the CEO
of the world's leading social network, which has more than 500 million users,
about his plans for the city.
The $100 million number is an astronomical sum for this type of gift, and it
marks the largest donation Zuckerberg has ever made.
Coincidentally, or not, Zuckerberg's gift and appearance on one of the most
popular talk shows in the world comes just hours before the film The Social Network
is set to premier
at the New York Film Festival.
In the movie, directed by David Fincher (Seven,
), actor Jesse Eisenberg portrays Zuckerberg in an unflattering
light. A blurb on the Film Society of Lincoln Center Web site, which is airing
the premier Friday, noted: "The Social Network
is a scintillating
play-by-play of the meteoric rise and acrimonious fall of the founders of Facebook-Harvard
undergrads who developed their zeitgeist-altering phenomenon out of their dorm
rooms. . .and ended up suing each other for millions."
Facebook, which is reported to abhor the film, would not comment on the
veracity of the Times'