Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have welcomed their first child – a baby girl called Max – into the world, and used her arrival to announce plans to give away most of their $45 billion fortune. The Silicon Valley billionaire and his wife shared the news of the baby’s birth in a Facebook post entitled, ‘A letter to our daughter’. More after the cut.
Included in the lengthy post was the couple’s pledge to donate the vast majority of their fortune to future generations. They will donate 99% of their Facebook shares – currently valued at $45 billion – to the work of their charitable foundation, the letter claims. That would leave them with $450 million for themselves and their new child – based on Facebook’s current valuation.
The letter was accompanied with a picture of the proud new parents tenderly holding their newborn wrapped in a blanket covered in cartoon caterpillars.