Malasyan Prime Minister Najib Razak conceded today that Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg did not leave a good first impression on him during a private meeting held last year.
During a question and answer session today at the Wild Digital Conference, Najib recalled his first meeting with Zuckerberg, pointing out that the sixth richest person in the world according to Forbes, was wearing jeans and T-shirt.
“My initial reaction, he doesn’t look very smart. But actually, he is very smart. He is super smart but doesn’t look very smart.”
However, Najib said that his thoughts changed immediately when he started speaking with Zuckerberg. “But when you talk to him and his ideas and you begin to realise that he is smart.”
Najib also commended the Facebook office in California for its “informal setting”, and noted that the lack of hierarchy differed from the conventional government “set-up”.
“I like the whole attitude about people working there.
“They (Facebook workers) can work at their own pace, munching muffins with a cup of Starbucks coffee and churning out ideas at the same time. It’s a different world.”