Facebook founder to donate $100M to mostly minority Newark schools on Oprah Show

Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old wunderkind behind Facebook is making a move to become a player in philanthropy just before the opening of a film that portrays him as less than charitable.

The recipient of his $100 million donation — thought to be the biggest of his young life — is the Newark public schools, a long-struggling district that could use the money to become a laboratory for reforms.

The donation is being announced Friday on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show in an arrangement that brings together the young Internet tycoon, Newark’s celebrated Democratic mayor and a governor who has quickly become a star of the Republican party.


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Respect Cory Booker, Newark’s new Mayor. This young brother has an agenda and isn’t shy about it: Clean up the city, improve the experience for residents and visitors, Education is #1.

When he first took office, I heard the brother moved into the projects. I’m not sure if he’s still there, but he has my support.