Mark Zuckerberg's father reveals his pride as 12th anniversary of Facebook nears

Chloe Best

Mark Zuckerberg has come a long way since he launched Facebook 12 years ago, and no one is more proud than his father Edward. The entrepreneur's dad shared a sweet comment on the social networking site on Tuesday, telling Mark he had "tremendous pride" about the impact he has had on people's lives as a result of his work.

Edward wrote: "Mark, as a Dentist and your Dad, I have had the opportunity to hear some incredible tales of how people have met for the first time and been reunited with significant folks in their lives.

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Mark Zuckerberg's father has praised his son on Facebook

"Just like the many wonderful stories related here, they speak fondly and with great appreciation for you and your efforts to help make the world a better place."

He continued to say that he can only imagine the "pride and satisfaction" that Mark must feel as a result of the continuing success of his business, adding: "As a parent it gives me tremendous pride knowing you have changed the world for the better and I can't wait to see what your baby will continually evolve to over time!"

The touching post has received over 11,000 likes on the site, with many Facebook users commenting on what a reat role model Edward must be and how he should be proud for raising such a "beautiful soul".

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Mark created Facebook in February 2004 in a bid to "help students at my college connect and bring our community together". In his post on Tuesday, Mark revealed that 1.5 billion people around the world now use the site to stay connected with their friends and family.

The 31-year-old is currently taking extended paternity leave from his role after he and wife Priscilla Chan welcomed their baby daughter Max at the end of November. Despite having his hands full with his newborn, Mark has still been active on the social networking site and recently revealed an ambitious project for the New Year – building a robot that will help him with both work and parenting duties.

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