Mark Zuckerberg Pledges $45 Billion Dollar Philanthropy
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla just welcomed a precious baby girl named Maxima Chan Zuckerberg (Max for short). When they announced their pregnancy, you might remember Mark’s moving post about his and Priscilla’s struggle with miscarriage for many years before finally conceiving.
People say becoming a parent changes your entire perspective on the world, and that must be true for the Zuckerbergs, because they just pledged to give away the entirety of their Facebook stock holdings over their lifetime. That is an estimated $45 billion. Woah.
The donations will come gradually, and to start they will be giving away no more than $1 billion worth of stock away for the next 3 years. This isn’t the Zuckerbergs’ first time have been generous – some of their recent efforts include a $20 million donation to provide high speed internet to public schools, a $75 million donation to a hospital in San Francisco and $100 million schools in Newark.
Mark’s post announcing the birth of his daughter and his staggering donation plans has garnered over 1 million likes. Notable names in the comment section included Shakira, Ariana Huffington, Scott “Scooter” Braun who said “Welcome to an awesome club. Dad life 🙂 “, and even Melinda Gates, who said “the first word that comes to mind is: Wow. The example you’re setting today is an inspiration to us and the world.”
We would have to agree, Melinda!