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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg vows to visit all 50 US states in 2017

It’s not unusual to make some travel resolutions for the year ahead; even some of the most famous entrepreneurs are taking on the challenge to travel more in 2017.

Presumably Mark Zuckerberg will be using a more high-tech navigation system.
Presumably Mark Zuckerberg will be using a more high-tech navigation system. Image by Oleh Slobodeniuk

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, announced on his own Facebook page that he planned to visit all 50 US states this year and meet people who live there. He said he has already spent a significant amount of time in many states, so the challenge will be to visit the remaining 30.

He plans to undertake the trip in many ways, including road trips with his wife Priscilla, visits to Facebook offices around the country, university stops, meeting with scientists and teachers and some stops that will be just for fun.

The post attracted thousands of comments, including suggestions about where the businessman should visit, including Montana, Fort Lauderdale and Nebraska, which might be more unusual stops for a Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg at the Mobile World Congress 2014.
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg at the Mobile World Congress 2014. Image by David Ramos/Getty Images)

When asked by a commentator on the page would he meet working families who make under $100,000 a year, the entrepreneur stated that was the plan as he wanted to meet “lots of folks from all different parts of the country”.

Mark Zuckerberg now makes his New Year’s resolutions an annual, publicised event. In previous years he has run 365 miles, built an AI system, learned Mandarin and read 25 books. He says he picked these travel goals due to the “challenging” nature of 2016, calling it a “turning point in history”. The result, he hopes, will help him lead Facebook to make a more positive impact on the future.

The public announcement has led to some speculation in the media that Zuckerberg might be planning for a political run, comparing the tour to one which a potential presidential candidate may undertake. “We need to find a way to change the game so it works for everyone”, Zuckerberg said in his online statement.