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Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and wife Dr. Priscilla Chan welcomed their first child, Maxima or Baby Max on Tuesday with a post on Facebook. The couple have stated that their baby is healthy, weighing seven pounds and eights ounces. The big news is that unlike other parents, Zuckerberg and his wife announced to donate 99% of Facebook’s stock, worth about $45 billion to mark the birth of their daughter.
“Max, we love you and feel a great responsibility to leave the world a better place for you and your children”, the couple said in a letter which they posted on Facebook. The couple is full of hope with the arrival of their first child (after several complications) and finally announced the ‘Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative’. This initiative will focus on advancing human capital and promoting equality for generations to come, Zuckerberg posted on his FB wall “Letter to Our Daughter” .
Zuckerberg and Chan named their daughter, ‘Maxima’ which means the ‘greatest’ (it also means ‘Miracle worker’)
Mark and Priscilla – Proud Parents
Zuckerberg announced Chan’s pregnancy on July this year revealing the struggle they faced before expecting their child. Priscilla had previously suffered three miscarriages. He also announced that he would take two months of paternity leave to give time to his new family (that’s a positive message for other parents). Facebook has extended paternity leaves to four months for all its male employees.
The couple posted a video before Max’s birth while walking in a garden along with their pet dog, Beast, where they expressed their hopes for their baby and other children of her generation. They wrote, “Our initial areas of focus will be personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities. We know this is a small contribution compared to all resources and talents to those already working on issues. But we want to do what we can, working alongside many others”.
A few weeks before Max’s birth, Priscilla and Mark took a morning to reflect and record their hopes for their daughter and all children of her generation.
Posted by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative on Tuesday, December 1, 2015