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Priscilla Chan & Mark Zuckerberg Pledged $3B to Cure Disease Because of Their Daughter

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Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg clearly are a power couple. Yesterday, they made a major announcement: the couple announced a $3 billion investment to prevent, cure and manage all diseases.

In an interview with TODAY, Chan cited that being a parent has been her inspiration for her philanthropic work–and how she and Zuckerberg will give away 99% of their wealth:

“You just love that little being so much, more than you ever thought was possible. And you have so many hopes and dreams for that child. And that drives me to want to work harder and invest now to make sure that the future is where it needs to be for all of our children.”

It’s almost unbelievable to think that Chan and her husband welcomed their daughter and first child, Max, only last November. Chan, understandably, couldn’t help but gush about Max:

“Mark and I are just over-the-top proud of everything she does. She could be eating. She could be spitting. She could be sleeping. She could be just smiling and we’re, like, ‘Oh, isn’t that special?'” 

Of course, this is not to say the journey to parenthood has been easy for Chan, who also about her struggle to conceive:

“There are really dark moments where you think you’re alone. And when we realized that we weren’t and that there were other people traveling along the same road with you. I think having that, knowing that you’re not alone, was incredibly important for us. And we wanted others to know that they weren’t alone, either.”

Occasionally, the couple post photos of their daughter on their own Facebook pages, which gives their audience a glimpse into their personal life:

That being said, Chan said Max won’t be allowed on Facebook until she’s 13, like every other kid–even if her dad is the creator of the social media site:

“Max will have her own Facebook page, but she’ll need to wait till she’s 13 when she’s old enough to have one. She has to follow the rules.”


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Joanna Valente

Joanna Valente is the Editorial Assistant at Kveller. She is the author of Sirs & Madams The Gods Are Dead, and Marys of the Sea (forthcoming), and received her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. You can follow her @joannasaid on Twitter, @joannacvalente on Instagram, or email her at joanna@kveller.com.

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