Mark Zuckerberg (31) is the first recipient of the newly established Axel Springer Award. Mark is the CEO of Facebook, which he founded in 2004.


Sir Timothy Berners-Lee was born on June 8, 1955 in London. Almost 30 years ago he drew up his plans for a global hypertext information sharing system while at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN. He invented the World Wide Web and the language on which it is based – HTML (HyperText Markup Language)

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Jeff Bezos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Foreseeing the Internet’s capacity for e-commerce, he developed the idea of a bookselling business on the Internet. He made this reality in 1994 when he set up Amazon. This was followed by an unparalleled career during which he transferred the original online bookstore to a global retailer, a marketplace and cloud computing provider.