Mark Zuckerberg Says He’s Not Running For U.S. President
Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, put all the rumors to rest by saying “No” when he was questioned about any potential plans to run for the U.S. president by BuzzFeed News.
“I’m focused on building our community at Facebook and working on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative,” he said, referring to the limited-liability corporation founded by him and his wife Priscilla Chan in 2015, which aims to makes investments in scientific and leadership research.
BuzzFeed News also quoted a source close to Zuckerberg as saying the latter had privately denied he had any political ambition.
“There’s absolutely no truth to the idea that Mark is running for office and I’ve heard it directly from him,” the source said. “Here’s the thing: For Mark, Facebook is global community that already plays this huge part in the lives of billions of people around the world and plays an incredibly important role in shaping the base on the issues that matter.”
The source also said that Zuckerberg is preparing for a political battle as a private citizen through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
“There is absolutely a possibility that Mark may choose to play a stronger role in the political system and political debates,” the source told BuzzFeed News.
The billionaire Facebook CEO first sparked intrigue in early December last year when he proposed a company stock reclassification that would let him serve in government without losing his majority voting rights.
Further, earlier this year, Zuckerberg announced that his new “personal challenge” for 2017 is to visit all 50 states in the US by year end and “talk to more people about how they’re living, working and thinking about the future,” thereby, sparking more rumors about him running for the U.S. president election in 2020.