Mark Zuckerberg’s wife Dr. Priscilla Chan gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter, early last week.
“Max, we love you and feel a great responsibility to leave the world a better place for you and all children,” Zuckerberg and Chan said in letter to their daughter, which they posted on Facebook Tuesday. “We wish you a life filled with the same love, hope and joy you give us. We can’t wait to see what you bring to this world.”
In announcing their daughter’s birth, the couple also pledged to donate 99% of their Facebook stock — worth about $45 billion — “during our lives” to promote equality and the human potential.
Priscilla and I are so happy to welcome our daughter Max into this world!
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.
Zuckerberg, 31, and Chan, 30, first met at a fraternity party while students at Harvard. They married nine years later in 2012, the day after Facebook’s initial public offering.
The couple first announced the pregnancy in July with an unusually personal post on Facebook. Zuckerberg revealed he and Chan had three miscarriages, and said he hoped talking about the experience would help others going through the same thing.
Zuckerberg drew attention again in November when he announced he would take two months of paternity leave. The choice was surprising for a highly visible CEO, and could set a positive example for other parents working in high-stress jobs.