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He wore pyjamas to meeting, only eats animals he’s killed himself … Inside the fascinating world of Facebook’s founder

Usual rules do not apply when your company will float on the stock exchange for the first time this Friday with a valuation of £62billion    

Got the t-shirt: He addresses businessmen in Cannes

Got the t-shirt: He addresses businessmen in Cannes

Wandering into the great financial houses of Wall Street in a hoodie this week, it’s a wonder Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t thrown out by security.

Pin-striped suits and expensive tailored shirts are the usual uniform here.

And when curly-haired Facebook founder Zuckerberg turned up to promote the social network site’s shares flotation in a black-hooded top, jeans and trainers, billionaire investors looked on in astonishment.

Wall Street just about got used to the finance whizzkids of the 1980s wearing red braces yet nothing could have prepared them for this.

But usual rules do not apply when you’re one of the world’s youngest chief executives, whose company will float on the stock exchange for the first time this Friday with a valuation of £62billion.

That makes it worth more than McDonald’s or Goldman Sachs, although investors still weren’t impressed with how he dressed.

One top stockmarket analyst said: “I think that’s a mark of immaturity.”

Zuckerberg, who turned 28 on Monday, was also voted one of the world’s worst-dressed men by magazine GQ.

Laptop lapdog: On the computer with his pet

Laptop lapdog: On the computer with his pet

But there is method in his fashion madness – his trademark hoodie is in fact a piece of Facebook merchandise and displays in grey the three logos for “friend requests”, “messages” and “notifications”.

It’s not just his dress sense which is seen as slightly out of the ordinary, though.

He carries two business cards, one simply stating his lofty position as company “CEO” but another, for less formal occasions, which reads “I’m CEO…b*tch!”

At work at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, California, Zuckerberg has no office and instead holds court among accountants, engineers and internet gurus at a messy desk in the middle of the huge room.

But he also rubs shoulders with America’s rich and famous, including President Obama, pop star Katy Perry and rapper Snoop Dogg.

And on one wacky day, a grey-haired man burst into the HQ surrounded by an entourage.

He was the oldest in the room by 20 years and the only one wearing a suit.

Marching up to Zuckerberg he introduced himself as Robert Mueller, director of the FBI.

Scruffy: With girlfriend Priscilla Chan

Scruffy: With girlfriend Priscilla Chan

They shook hands and chatted about nothing for a couple of minutes and then Mueller promptly left.

One worker said: “There was a giddy silence while everybody just looked at one another as if to say, ‘What the hell just happened?’”

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of internet entrepreneur Zuckerberg, who has almost single-handedly destroyed the productivity of workplaces around the world.

Yet he has a powerful work ethic.

When Facebook was in its early days, he and his co-founders and their small team worked relentlessly on the new project.

One employee remembers him refusing to let others out for a bite to eat, crying: “‘No! We’re in lockdown! No one leaves until we’re done with this thing.”

But when the tight group partied, they did it hard.

A zip wire was even fixed from a chimney to the ground so partygoers could drop into the pool from above.

Upload pic: With Snoop Dogg and entrepreneur Sean Parker

Upload pic: With Snoop Dogg and entrepreneur Sean Parker

And the landlord had to send a letter of complaint asking him not to throw furniture into the pool or walk on the roof.

Annoyed at the treatment of a pal by a venture capital firm looking to invest in Facebook, Zuckerberg turned up at a meeting in his pyjamas, with a PowerPoint computer presentation listing the top 10 reasons they shouldn’t invest.

He is devoted to his Chinese-American girlfriend Priscilla Chan and in 2011 spent Christmas with her riding a buffalo in Vietnam.

It is one of the few country’s in the world to block his social network site – and he then posted pictures of it on his own Facebook page.

The couple have been dating since their college days at Harvard, after meeting at a party while waiting in a toilet queue. Priscilla later said she thought

Zuckerberg was “this nerdy guy who was just a little bit out there”.

But despite all his bizarre quirks and oddities, he is already worth a staggering £10billion.

And he is in charge of a company which has connected 900 million people – almost one seventh of the Earth’s population – through a simple idea conceived in a dormitory of Harvard University.

But it was only last May he treated himself to a £7million five-bedroom house in Palo Alto, California, a handy 10- minute commute to the office.

Poke: Katy Perry points the way on a visit to Facebook

Poke: Katy Perry points the way on a visit to Facebook

Until then, despite his enormous wealth, the computer genius had been living in a relatively modest two-storey house on a street neighbours described as “absolutely average”.

No Ferrari, Porsche or Bugatti Veyron for him. Instead he went for a basic Nissan Infiniti, and nicknamed it The Warthog.

Tyler Winklevoss, one half of the Harvard and Oxford rowing twins who successfully sued Zuckerberg for millions claiming he stole the idea for Facebook from them, once said: “He’s the poorest rich person I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Each year, though, he sets himself a new challenge.

Bizarre as it may seem, given the way he turned up on Wall Street this week, in 2009 he decided to wear a tie for a year.

For 2010, he announced he’d be learning Chinese. “Some members of my girlfriend’s family only speak Chinese and I wanted to be able to talk to them,” he said.

“I blocked out an hour every day to study and it has been an amazing experience so far.”

In January, 2011, he wrote on his own Facebook page “Became a vegetarian”, writing that he only want to, “eat meat if I kill the animal myself.

“The reason for this is that I feel lucky for having such a great life”.

New home: He's finally upgraded from his former modest house

New home: He’s finally upgraded from his former modest house

Zuckerberg, who owns a dog called Beast, wanted to feel more “connected” to the food he eats and the “animals that give their lives so I can eat them”.

The statement was “liked” by 25,168 of his 13 million Facebook page followers, and every wall post he writes gets around 300 comments.

The famously frugal tycoon has since killed chickens, a pig and a goat as part of his personal crusade for more responsible eating.

He said his first kill was a lobster, which he had to throw into a pot of boiling water.

Now he is telling friends he is interested in trying hunting.

A chef who showed Zuckerberg how to kill animals in the most humane way said: “He cut the throat of the goat with a knife, which is the most kind way to do it.”

Having slaughtered the animals, they are sent to a butcher, who then cuts them into parts and returns them to Zuckerberg and Priscilla to cook and eat.

For one recent meal, he reportedly ate a chicken, including the heart and liver, and used the feet to make a stock.

A photo of the chicken and the dishes he made from it were put on Facebook.

But for all his eccentricity, he’s definitely a trend setter.

In his honour, Australian fashion firm Betabrand has just released an “executive pinstripe hoodie” nicknamed The Zuck.




Reese Witherspoon Attends Emergency Hearing in Father’s Bigamy Case


Reese Witherspoon poses at the 2nd World Conference of Women's Shelters in Washington, D.C. on February 28, 2012 in DC. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon poses at the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington, D.C. on February 28, 2012 in DC.
Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

The Witherspoon family drama continues.

According to The TennesseanReese Witherspoon, 36, accompanied her parents to a Davidson County courtroom Friday to attend “an emergency hearing on whether her father should be placed in a conservatorship.”

Earlier this week, the actress’ mother, Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Witherspoon filed court documents accusing her husband, Dr. John Witherspoon, of bigamy.

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Though the couple separated in 1996, according to the affidavit, Betty and John “are in regular contact and speak together many times per week. They attend family functions together, including their daughter’s wedding in California.”

Explaining she’s still in love with her husband, Betty also asserts she believes John is struggling with early onset dementia. Because of his poor mental health, she believes his January 14 marriage to Tricianne Taylorshould be annulled. “When I confronted my husband, he said he didn’t know who Tricianne Taylor was and that he did not remember getting married,” Betty stated in the affidavit.

PHOTOS: Reese Witherspoon’s life as a newlywed

At this time, Davidson County Seventh Circuit Court Judge Randy Kennedy’s decision regarding John’s capacity to care for himself remains unknown; the judge closed Friday’s proceedings to the public and has sealed the court record.

Speaking to the judge, Andra Hendrick, an attorney for the Witherspoon family, asserted that the conservatorship case “has zero to do with Reese Witherspoon’s career,” and instead is about helping her mother look after her marriage and the family’s finances.

PHOTOS: Reese Witherspoon’s body evolution

“This is a daughter who wants to help her parents, particularly her father,” Hendrick explained.

Reese is currently expecting her first child with husband of one year, Jim Toth; she and ex-husband Ryan Phillippe share custody of Ava, 12, andDeacon, 8.


CBS SUES ABC You’ll PAY for Ripping Off ‘Big Brother’


CBS wasn’t bluffing … ’cause the network has made good on its threat to sue ABC over an upcoming reality show which CBS claims is a blatant rip off of “Big Brother” … and it’s NASTY.

As we previously reported, CBS fired off a cease-and-desist letter to ABC last week … claiming “Glass House” is “strikingly” similar to “Big Brother” — a bunch of people living in a house and competing for prizes.

Now, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in L.A., CBS states, “If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then CBS should take pride in ABC’s latest reality television project, ‘Life in a Glass House.'”

In the suit, CBS refers to “Glass House” as a “carbon copy” of “Big Brother” — and calls ABC’s decision to green light the show an “obvious attempt … to capitalize on its unique success.”

CBS claims its trying to stop ABC from committing a blatant theft of its copyrightable expression, trade secrets and other confidential information.

CBS also claims ABC has hired at least 19 former “BB” staffers to work on “Glass House” — and believes the employees are actively disclosing CBS’s trade secrets and confidential information to produce the show. CBS also believes at least one “Glass House” exec has been trying to poach current “BB” employees.

CBS wants at least 3 former high level “Big Brother” employees who signed with “Glass House” to fork over $500,000 EACH for allegedly violating a confidentiality agreement they had with CBS.

CBS is also suing ABC for unspecified damages.

Stay tuned.


BREASTFEEDING ORG. We LOVE Time Mag Cover, Except …


The 3-year-old kid suckling from his mother’s teet on the cover of Time Magazine is NOT too old to breastfeed … so says a powerful breastfeeding organization — but they do have one gripe.

TMZ spoke with Bettina Forbes — co-founder of Best for Babes — an advocacy group dedicated to educating moms about breastfeeding.

Forbes tells us, “We understand that Americans are uncomfortable with [the Time cover], but in cultures where babies wean themselves normally, usually somewhere around age 3 or 4, it is perfectly acceptable.”

She adds, “Think of it this way — some cultures have been drinking green tea for millennia, only recently has it become popular in the United States once the health benefits were understood and it was popularized by marketing … breastfeeding is the same, it is accepted and valued in many cultures, but not yet fully in the U.S.”

As for the gripe — Forbes says her first choice would have been Jennifer Garner in the role of breastfeeder … but “we’re happy with anything that is an appealing image, provokes conversation, and ultimately desensitizes people to breastfeeding.”


Tina Knowles: We’re Excited to Celebrate Beyonce’s First Mother’s Day!

Beyonce and Tina Knowles on February 6, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Beyonce and Tina Knowles on February 6, 2012 in New York City.
Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

May 13 is set to be an extra special day for the Knowles family.

On January 7, Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z welcomed daughterBlue Ivy Carter–meaning Sunday will be the singer’s first time celebrating Mother’s Day as a mom herself.

At a charity event in NYC Wednesday, Blue Ivy’s grandma Tina Knowlesopened up to Us Weekly about the Knowles’ big weekend plans.

PHOTOS: How Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z fell in love

“[We’re] all going to be together,” Knowles gushed to Us. “We’re excited because it’s Beyonce’s first Mother’s Day.”

On their agenda?

“I’m hoping to cook! I want to cook,” the House of Dereon designer shared. “My traditional soul food and maybe gumbo. That’s my favorite dish!”

PHOTOS: Meet Blue Ivy Carter!

Knowles also spoke about her daughter’s breathtaking Met Gala appearance Monday night.

“She looked amazing,” Knowles told Us about the Grammy Winner’s lacy, Givenchy Haute Couture gown. “I think she looked absolutely amazing.”

PHOTOS: Celeb moms on the go

During her quick walk on the Met Gala red carpet (the singer arrived after other A-listers had already headed inside), Beyonce, 30, stopped for a quick chat with Entertainment Tonight about her plans to give Blue a sibling or two.

“I definitely want to have more [kids],” the chanteuse revealed. “I don’t know how many. God knows. I don’t know yet.”

Added the star about her new life as a mom, “I feel like now I know the reason that I was born.”



Michael Jackson Hired a Hitman To Murder His Brother?


We all know Michael Jackson was eccentric and in the end we kind of had a feeling he was a bit paranoid too.  His former bodyguard, Matt Fiddes, adds to this by coming forward and claiming Jackson put a hit on his older brother Randy Jackson.   Matt is the same dude who came out recently claiming to be MJ’s son Blanket’s biological father.

Matt had the following to say:  “Michael was caught in a war with his brothers for years, they were desperate to sign him up to a $500 million deal for a Jackson 5 reunion tour.”Things reached a head when Randy was trying to force his way past the bodyguards to speak to him in one of his rented homes. Michael ordered him to be shot.”

 Obviously, no one shot Randy but the incident really terrified him.  “Randy was so scared he got on the phone and threatened to call the Press. He told the bodyguards, ‘If  you shoot me the whole world will know about it.’ [Michael] was out of mind on drugs and luckily Randy was OK.”

Fiddes has been speaking to The Sun, a British publication, about Jackson quite regularly.  Last week he claimed that his former boss hated Madonna and poked holes in a Voodoo doll of Steven Spielberg after MJ became a Nazi sympathizer.

As of now none of Fidde’s claims about the former megastar have been corroborated. Do you think Michael Jackson was crazy enough to order a hit on anyone, let alone his brother?  We don’t. Let us know in the comments below!



Mike Tyson: I’m in a good place…but if I met the younger me he wouldn’t be nice ©

Chief Sports Writer Oliver Holt met former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson and discovered a mellowed man who has put his demons behind him.

Mellowed man: Mike Tyson looks back on a successful, but controversial, career

Mellowed man: Mike Tyson looks back on a successful, but controversial, career

The baddest man on the planet is no more.

He is an ogre only in our memories now. The savage fighter, the man polite society came to regard as a monster, is finally at rest.

The rage that defined him inside and outside the ring, the rage that terrified his opponents and thrilled his fans, is at bay.

When Mike Tyson thinks about the way he was and the things he used to do, he laughs sadly.

Once, more than a decade ago, he told a group of British journalists that he had grown “old too soon, smart too late”.

But against all expectations and in defiance of the violent chaos that used to rule his life, he has reached middle age.

And now that he is there, he has found the happiness that once seemed far beyond his reach.

On Friday, he will begin a six-night one-man show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas called Undisputed Truth where he will lay bare his life and career.

He topped the bill at the MGM many times, including the night he bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear. This time, he promises he mood will be different.

And even though his tone can still veer with unsettling speed from articulate ­introspection to fierce disdain, it is clear that at 45, he is embracing this new phase of his life.

“I am a big glory freak,” Tyson says. “I am an ego-maniac. I like being a peacock and strutting on the stage.

“I guess I was born to ­entertain. It just happens that the first way I found of doing that was by fighting.

“Now I have moved on to another way. Fighting, dancing, singing, telling stories.

“I make people cry now but in a sympathetic way, not because I am causing them pain.”

He is revelling in his new direction. He has a new generation of fans now, people who know him as the cameo star of The Hangover movies, admirers who saw him inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame in Miami a fortnight ago.

I remind him about what he said about being “smart too late” and he laughs again. “Better late than never,” he says.

He talks now with a mixture of pity and curiosity about the kid who became, at 20, the youngest world heavyweight champion there has ever been.

He never watches footage of the night in 1986 when he destroyed Trevor Berbick at the Las Vegas Hilton and sent him stumbling round the ring like a drunk.

“No way,” Tyson says, retreating from his former self. “I never watch any of those fights now. If I met that young guy right now, I know he wouldn’t be nice to me. I don’t like the person I was back then.

“He had no reason to be so angry. All that money and he still wanted to be angry. I should have been a little kid having fun.

“I want to stay away from that place where I was. I had to be that frightening person to reach the top.

“Looking back, I suppose I had to make people ­frightened of me because I was an ­insecure kid.”

Iron Mike: In his prime Tyson was dubbed "The Baddest Man on the Planet"

Iron Mike: In his prime Tyson was dubbed "The Baddest Man on the Planet"

The truth, of course, is that there were plenty of reasons for Tyson to be angry.

His father deserted the family when Tyson was two and Tyson ran wild in the notorious Brooklyn suburb of Brownsville.

He had been arrested 38 times by the age of 13 and spent several years in Borstal before he was taken into the care of boxing trainer Cus D’Amato.

The rage stayed with Tyson throughout his boxing career, unsatisfied by the accolades, the titles and the millions that he won.

He served three years in jail after being convicted of rape and the rage grew worse as he began to decline.

By the time he agreed to fight Lennox Lewis at the start of 2002, Tyson was gripped by self-loathing.

In January that year, I sat a few rows back from the stage at the Hudson Theatre in New York for the formal fight announcement.

It turned into a brawl. Tyson threw a punch at Lewis’s minder and all hell broke loose.

When Tyson emerged from the melee, standing on the stage like the Hulk unchained, a journalist standing behind me who called himself “Scoop” Malinowski baited him.

“Someone get a straitjacket,” Malinowski yelled. “He’s an animal. He belongs in a zoo.”

Tyson looked as if he was about to climb down into the audience and take him out. He wanted to. That was obvious.

Instead, he settled for screaming and gesturing at him from the stage and ­threatening to introduce him to a form of prison romance.

Tyson was a man out of control. “By the time I was fighting Lennox Lewis I was so miserable I just wished somebody would have shot me,” he says.

“I hated myself and ­everything around me. I heard Sugar Ray Leonard talking recently about how difficult he found it when his career was ending but it was 10 times worse for me.

“Imagine if he was in the position I was in when my career was over and he was not fighting any more and they were still treating him like he was the champ.

“People still treat you like you’re the champ but you aren’t sh**.

“There is no way I miss boxing but if I was 17 or 18 years old again, it is still the first thing I would do.

“When I was fighting, I was at my best. It was easy money for me. I would be a fighter again if I was a kid.

“But my life has moved on. The WWE Hall of Fame night was one of the highlights of my life because my kids were there.

“I wanted them to see that Mike. I don’t want them to know nothing about that other guy that I used to be. Now I’m trying to do all the right things.

“Am I happy? Well, as long as I’m not fighting with my wife and she is not running out the house in the middle of the night with my kids, I am happy.

“This is a different stage of my life. I had children before, I was in love before but I was never committed. My life is stable now. I am cool. I am where I want to be.”

Wrestling icon: Despite his boxing success, he says being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame was one of his proudest moments

Wrestling icon: Despite his boxing success, he says being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame was one of his proudest moments

Tyson, who suffered tragedy three years ago when his four-year-old daughter Exodus was killed in a freak accident, is still a compelling man. There is still a fierce intensity lurking behind his softly-spoken words.

It emerges now and again, mocking Frank Bruno for crossing himself as he came into the ring before one of their fights or railing against first wife Robin Givens.

There is intensity too when he talks about the history of boxing. For five minutes, he breaks off into a eulogy about Ted “Kid” Lewis and the great Jewish fighters.

He carried the spirit of men like that with him when he fought, Tyson says. It helped give him the air of ­invincibility he once carried.

“I think the ­heavyweight scene is pretty good right now,” Tyson says.

“The Klitschkos are doing great. They are beating everyone. It’s not their fault that there is not enough competition.

“What David Haye did in Munich when he had that brawl with Chisora, that was not good. That was the kind of stupid stuff I once did.

“I thought that when I was watching it. No one did as much as me to bring boxing low.

“Haye and Chisora would have had to go some to beat what I did. At least Haye didn’t bite anyone’s ear off. They’ve got to do a bit more to get down to the level I was at. What they did was nothing.

“But I don’t buy the idea that today’s fighters are not as good as the old fighters. If you had asked Joe Frazier if he could beat me when I was at my best, he would have said ‘hell, yes’. That’s the way boxing goes.

“I think I could beat the next generation of fighters but the reality of history is that the fighters get better and better, bigger and bigger and stronger and stronger.

“I was bigger than Rocky Marciano and I was not even one of the big guys in my generation.”

The conversation draws to a close. Tyson has to rehearse for his show. He thanks me for being respectful, as if it is something he is still getting used to.

“I feel good,” he says. ­

“Everything is beautiful right now. I have no control over anything or anyone but myself.”


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