Looking back at the defining moments of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's career, a clear pattern emerges: he walked away from a lot of potentially great deals. In hindsight, it's easy to see that Zuckerberg made the right move every time, but back then these decisions were hardly cut-and-dried.

One of Facebook's early investors, Peter Thiel, has admitted that when Facebook turned down Yahoo's $1 billion acquisition offer, he was a "little worried." But his concerns were eased by the fact that Zuckerberg had a strong vision for the future of his company--which was to connect billions of users. 

To see how Zuckerberg's strategic decisions led Facebook to where it is today, check out the infographic below. Credit goes to Funders and Founders' information designer Anna Vital.

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