Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Welcome Their First Child

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are now parents!

Happy news for the founder of Facebook—Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have welcomed their first child.

The couple announced today, on December 1st, that they are the proud parents of a baby girl, Max.

Zuckerberg made the announcement on Facebook saying, “Priscilla and I are so happy to welcome our daughter Max into this world!”

In an interesting turn of events, Zuckerberg wrote about their family plans to give away 99% of their Facebook shares—a whopping $45B—over their lifetime.

“For her birth, we wrote a letter to her about the world we hope she grows up in.

It’s a world where our generation can advance human potential and promote equality — by curing disease, personalizing learning, harnessing clean energy, connecting people, building strong communities, reducing poverty, providing equal rights and spreading understanding across nations.

We are committed to doing our small part to help create this world for all children. We will give 99% 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.”

The new father then went on to share his letter to his daughter.

“Dear Max, Your mother and I don’t yet have the words to describe the hope you give us for the future. Your new life is full of promise, and we hope you will be happy and healthy so you can explore it fully. You’ve already given us a reason to reflect on the world we hope you live in,” he wrote. “Like all parents, we want you to grow up in a world better than ours today.”

You can read the whole letter here.

Congratulations to the happy couple.

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