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Biographies not boring reading: Priscilla Chan

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Priscilla Chan (born February 24, 1985) is an American philanthropist and pediatrician. She is the wife of Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook. As of 2015, she and her husband have pledged more than $1.6 billion to charities. In December 2015, they pledged to donate 99% of their Facebook shares, valued at $45 billion, to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropic and political action company that focuses on health and education.

Chan was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, and grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. Her parents were ethnic Chinese refugees who fled Vietnam in refugee boats. She grew up speaking Cantonese and served as interpreter for her grandparents. She has two younger sisters. In 2003, she graduated as class valedictorian from Quincy High School, and was voted “class genius” by her classmates. According to a Facebook post by Mark Zuckerberg, Chan is a Buddhist.

Chan entered Harvard University in 2003, where she met and began dating Mark Zuckerberg. She graduated in 2007 with a BA in biology, and also studied Spanish. She is fluent in Cantonese, English and Spanish. She is the first person in her family to graduate from college.

After graduation, she taught science at the private Harker School for a year, before entering medical school at the University of California, San Francisco in 2008. She graduated in 2012, and finished her pediatric residency in the summer of 2015. She married Zuckerberg on May 19, 2012, a day after Facebook’s stock market launch.

Chan and Zuckerberg announced the birth of their daughter, Maxima Chan Zuckerberg on December, 2015.

At the fabulous wealth of the couple differ disdain for luxury. Mark Zuckerberg is considered the most tasteless dressed resident of Silicon Valley (many billionaires live in the US region). Priscilla does not wear jewels and limited to the most modest clothing and footwear.

December 1, 2015, in an open letter to their newborn daughter, Chan and Mark Zuckerberg pledged to donate to charity during their lifetimes 99% of the value of its stake in Facebook (approximately US $ 45 billion).

On a personal Priscilla Chan is also planned for the 10 years to invest $ 3 billion to fight the disease. Against the background of “ascetic” life spouses Chan Zuckerberg little messages on purchases (for example, land plots on the island of Kauai for the 100-million Dolar) seems a joke. P.S. Kauai Island – one of the main Hawaiian Islands, with an area 1456 square kilometers. The Guinness Book of Records listed rain in 1993, which lasted 247 days without a break.

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Photo Julie Jacobson, 2011
 
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