Mark Zuckerberg Donates 99% Of Facebook Shares To Celebrate Baby Daughter's Arrival

Mark Zuckerberg's Donation As A Dad
2 December 2015

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he and wife Priscilla Chan will give 99% of their shares in Facebook away to good causes to mark the arrival of their baby girl, Max.

BBC News reports:

"Mr Zuckerberg made the announcement in a letter to Max on his Facebook page. He said they are donating their fortune to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative because they want to make the world a better place for Max to grow up in. The donation amounts to $45bn (£30bn) at Facebook's current value."

The donation will take effect over the course of the couple's lifetime, and will be focused on efforts that include "personalised learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities", the paper reports.

We love this story because of the way it captures how parenthood can change your priorities. I'm not saying that Zuckerberg has turned into a sudden philanthropist overnight purely by virtue of becoming a parent, but the compulsion to want to make the world a better place for your baby is clearly a powerful thing.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on this, too. Did parenthood propel you to mark your little one's arrival with some sort of unusual gesture? You don't have to have given away millions for it to count, of course. Come and tell us all about how parenthood changed your priorities over on our Facebook page.

TOPICS:   Parents

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