If you are well acquainted with the owner and founder of one of the world’s most popular social media platforms, Facebook, then you would be happy to learn about his wife, Priscilla Chan. Priscilla is the amazing wife of the popular founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. But besides the fact that she gained fame just by being married to a popular man who is equally one of the richest in the world, Priscilla Chan has strived to make a career of her own that has seen her make a positive impact on the world around her in her own little way. She chose the path of child education and health care.
The first lady of Facebook as many fondly call her, has done great with her career as a pediatrician and her commitment towards humanity as a philanthropist has gotten her good recognition well away from the fame and influence her husband commands. Here is more on her background and how she came to be married to Mark Zuckerberg.
Priscilla Chan – Biography (Age)
She was born the eldest daughter of Dennis Chan and Yvonne Chan on the 24th of February, 1985 in Braintree, Massachusetts, and grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts, a suburb in Boston with two younger sisters. Her parents are Chinese-Vietnam war refugees who immigrated to America in refugee boats and had to spend long hours laboring in restaurants to make ends meet. This meant that they had very little time to stay at home with the kids and as such, Priscilla Chan was mostly raised by her grandmother.
She graduated high school as class valedictorian in 2003 from Quincy High School and was voted “class Genius” by her classmates. This was the first testament that she was an intellectual leader even among her peers. After a celebrated high school stay, Priscilla Chan pursued her higher education at the prestigious Harvard University where she earned a degree in Biology and also studied Spanish.
Fluent in Cantonese, English, and Spanish, Priscilla taught science at the private Harker School for a year before entering medical school at the University of California, San Francisco in 2018. She graduated after four years and started her career as a Paediatrician.
Life as Mark Zuckerberg’s Wife
Priscilla Chan met her husband Mark Zuckerberg during her study years at Harvard University while Mark was studying Computer Science and Psychology. They were college lovers before Mark left college to go pursue the building of his multi-billion dollar social network, Facebook.
The lovebirds experienced a short break in their relationship after Mark had left the university to focus more on his Facebook project. Eventually, they got back together and finally got married on the 19th of May 2012 at Mark’s backyard. The ceremony which was described as very simple had a total of 100 guests in attendance who are mostly just family and very close friends. Their wedding date was strategic because Facebook’s IPO was launched that same day.
As a married couple, Chan and Zuckerberg announced the birth of their first daughter Maxima Chan Zuckerberg, on December 1, 2015. This came after three miscarriages. They welcomed the second daughter, August, on the 28th of August, 2017.
Career and Achievements
Priscilla Chan has been committed to her career as a pediatrician and a child educator. She has also been able to get her husband involved in diverse areas of her interests so as to help her achieve her life goals. The couple has made some remarkable achievements in the area of child education and healthcare and has not slowed down one bit in their philanthropic duties.
So far, the couple has given away $4.6 billion dollars including a donation of $75 million to the San Francisco General hospital where Chan worked, in a bid to touch lives where necessary. Their donation has been said to cut across different nationals. Their biggest donation yet was when it was announced that the first family of Facebook would donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares to their charity organization, the ‘Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.’
The initiative has recorded a measure of achievement especially with the projects on the creation of a non-profit making ‘Primary school,’ which focuses on making education available to children in the East Palo Alto area of California. The primary school takes care of a child from kindergarten to grade 12.
Priscilla Chan has been the greater influence in the couple’s philanthropic duties. She was nominated for the San Francisco Chronicle’s Visionary of the Year Award in early 2017.
Priscilla Chan’s Net Worth
The American doctor and philanthropist has recorded great success in the field of medicine and child health care/education. However, it can’t be over-ruled that the greater part of her net worth comes from her marriage to the Facebook boss and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. That said, Priscilla Chan’s net worth is recorded to be $50 billion.
Priscilla Chan stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches balanced on a weight of 70kg. She spots dark hair and is avid foodie carefully selecting the best diets for her body.