The jealous competitive nature of Mark Zuckerberg and his strange obsession with César Augusto have been revealed.
Notoriously reserved and forced in public, the CEO of Facebook opened up to an extensive profile in the New Yorker, as his company faces tough questions about freedom of expression and electoral interference.
In an example of Zuckerberg's obsession with winning games, several years ago he played Scrabble with the daughter of a high school friend during a trip on a corporate jet.
Outraged when the girl hit him, Zuckerberg wrote a computer program in the place that allowed him to enter the letters he had available and find all possible words.
New details of the personality of Mark Zuckerberg have been revealed in a long profile. He is seen above testifying before the Senate in April
"Everyone around us was taking sides: Team Human and Team Machine," the girl told the magazine. When the plane landed, ending the game prematurely, Zuckerberg had a slight advantage.
Zuckerberg, 34, and his wife Priscilla Chan prefer board games to television, and keep a game called Ricochet Robots in their living room.
"It becomes extremely competitive," Zuckerberg told the magazine. "We play with these friends, and one of them is a genius at this, playing with him is just exasperating."
Dave Morin, a former Facebook employee who is now the CEO of a startup looking for a cure for depression, talked about playing the risk strategy game with Zuckerberg.
According to Morin, Zuckerberg would experiment aggressively with the game strategies, gathering all his armies in one territory, one game, and distributing them in another.
& # 39; It's not playing you in a Risk game. He's playing you in a game, "Morin told the magazine," He's trying to figure out the psychological way to beat him in every game. "
Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are seen at the Roman Colosseum in 2016. They have visited Rome several times, thanks to Zuckerberg's obsession with César Augusto.
The profile also revealed Zuckerberg's deep obsession with César Augusto, the first emperor of Rome.
Zuckerberg spent much of his 2012 honeymoon in Rome dragging his wife Priscilla among the statues of Augustus for photos.
"My wife was making fun of me, saying that I thought there were three people on the honeymoon: me, her and Augustus, all the pictures were different sculptures of Augustus," Zuckerberg said.
The couple even named their second daughter, August.
Augustus, born in 63 BC, assumed power at the age of 18 and ruled with an iron hand, dissolving the Roman Republic and establishing the Roman Empire through the conquest of Egypt, Spain and large swaths of Central Europe.
His reign launched the 200 years of relative peace known as the Pax Romana.
Zuckerberg and his wife are seen with their two daughters. The youngest is named August, which reflects the obsession of the CEO of Facebook with the first Roman emperor
"Basically, through a really hard approach, he established two hundred years of world peace," Zuckerberg explained with approval.
& # 39; What are the compensations in that? & # 39; Zuckerberg continued animatedly. "On the one hand, world peace is a long-term goal that people are talking about today, two hundred years seems unattainable.
On the other hand, he said, "that was not free, and I had to do certain things."
Zuckerberg has received growing criticism in recent years, with controversies including allegations that the Russian government used Facebook to spread propaganda during the 2016 elections, the Cambridge Analytica data collection scandal and the growing disputes over freedom of expression in the platform.
In response to stress, wife Priscilla says that she practices the German technique of Sitzfleisch, sitting and working for long periods of time.
"He really sat down so much that he froze in the muscles and hurt his hip," he said.