Fact check: Mark Zuckerberg is the grandson of David Rockefeller and the Rothschilds own 10% of Meta stock.
Mark Zuckerberg has no connection with David Rockefeller. According to its shareholder reports, the CIA or the Rothschilds do not own Meta stock.
An Instagram post sharing an image with multiple claims features photos of Meta/Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, US banker David Rockefeller and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo. This image has been making the rounds on various platforms for almost a decade. Text in the image says Zuckerberg’s real name is ‘Jacob Greenberg’ and he is the grandson of David Rockefeller. The text further claims that the European banking dynasty, the Rothschild family, owns nearly 10% of all Facebook shares, and that a CIA-owned bank funded Facebook. The caption of the post reads: “DO YOU STILL THINK FACEBOOK WAS CREATED BY AN UNNAMED STUDENT?!”
Mark Zuckerberg‘s family tree is drawn by the ‘Geneanet’ site launched by genealogy enthusiasts. According to the tree, Mark’s parents are Edward Zuckerberg and Karen Kempner. His paternal grandparents are Jacob ‘Jack’ Zuckerberg and Miriam Hollander; his maternal grandparents are Sidney G Kempner and Gertrude Silver. In November 2015, to celebrate Veterans Day, Mark posted a Facebook post about his grandfather Jack Zuckerberg who served in World War II. The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) issued a press release in 2021 announcing that Mark and his wife Priscilla Chan were funding a $500 million donation to support the institute. It honored Zuckerberg’s mother and his parents, Sidney and Gertrude Kempner. Priscilla’s parents are Dennis Chan and Yvonne Chan.
The Rockefeller Archive Center shows the Rockefeller family tree. David Rockefeller’s parents are Abby Aldrich and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. David married Margaret (Peggy) McGrath and raised two sons and four daughters. In March 2017, The New York Times published David’s obituary, which listed him as a grandparent to ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. There are no reports that Mark Zuckerburg is related to David Rockefeller or that Mark’s alleged real name is Jacob Greenberg.
This claim that Mark Zuckerberg is linked to Rockefeller dates back to 2012. In 2012, a photo of someone named Jacob Michael Greenberg went viral online. He was arrested in Maricopa County, Arizona for possession of marijuana. Several online users have falsely claimed that the person in the photo is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg due to the alleged resemblance between the two.
WhoOwnsFacebook.com, a Meta shareholder guide, lists the names of significant Facebook shareholders. In 2005, Jeff Rothschild, an American billionaire who co-founded several companies, joined Facebook and became a shareholder. In February 2014, Forbes wrote an article about Jeff when he offered his services to Facebook on the engineering platform. Of note, Forbes mentioned that Jeff had no connection to the wealthy banking family of the same name. The Rothschild family was one of the most successful international bankers of the 1800s. Their wealth influenced several economic outcomes of the time, according to Encyclopedia Britannica and The Rothschild Archive. They have already been named in several conspiracy theories such as the New World Order and the Great Reset. There is no evidence that the Rothschild family owns shares in Meta.
Additionally, there is no evidence to suggest that Facebook was funded with money (amounting to approximately $500,000,000) from a CIA-owned bank. In 2011, The Onion published a satirical article with the headline: “CIA’s ‘Facebook’ program dramatically cut agency costs”. This article had raised questions about Facebook’s funding.
Britannica reports that in 2004, Facebook was founded by Harvard University students – Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. Initially, credit card company MasterCard began paying Facebook for exposure on the site. Facebook was formed by Harvard students to share personal information, college-related news, and photographs, and then the website gradually grew into a global platform. There is no recorded link between the establishment of Facebook and a wealthy family.
Mark Zuckerburg has been embroiled in several conspiracy theories claiming that the world’s elites are trying to control the world. Mark is also believed to be a member of the Illuminati (an alleged secular group made up of certain elites who control the world) and part of a reptilian conspiracy theory. These theories have been debunked several times over the decade.
All claims raised in this image are not supported by any substantial evidence. Facts related to the Meta/Facebook share and the founders of the organization are publicly available. Therefore, we have marked this claim as false.