Tuesday 1 December 2015

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Announces Arrival Of Baby Daughter And Plan To Donate 99 Percent of Facebook Fortune

Mark Zuckerberg, wife Priscilla Chan and baby daughter Max. (Facebook)
Mark Zuckerberg, wife Priscilla Chan and baby daughter Max. (Facebook)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have celebrated the arrival of their baby daughter and said they plan to donate 99 percent of their shares in the social media network to improving the world.

Mr Zuckerberg posted to the site this morning to celebrate the birth of daughter Max, and said the couple were committed to improving the world she will live in. 

"We are committed to doing our small part to help create this world for all children," Mr Zuckerberg wrote.  

"We will give 99 percent of our Facebook shares - currently about $45 billion - during our lives to join many others in improving this world for the next generation.

"Thank you to everyone in this community for all your love and support during the pregnancy. You've given us hope that together we can build this world for Max and all children."

Mr Zuckerberg also posted a letter to his newborn daughter, which highlighted the family's plan to "advance human potential" and "promote equality for all children in the next generation".

They detailed the development of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which included the revelation of their plans to donate all but one percent of their share fortune. 

"Our initial areas of focus will be personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities," the letter reads. 

"We know this is a small contribution compared to all the resources and talents of those already working on these issues.

"But we want to do what we can, working alongside many others."

Mr Zuckerberg and Mrs Chan met at Harvard and began dating in 2003.

The pair married in May 2012.

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