Priscilla Chan

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Priscilla Chan
Priscilla Chan, 2018 (cropped).jpg
Chan in 2018
Born (1985-02-24) February 24, 1985 (age 36)[1]
EducationHarvard University (SB)
University of California, San Francisco (MD)
(m. 2012)

Priscilla Chan (born February 24, 1985) is an American philanthropist and a former pediatrician. She and her husband Mark Zuckerberg, a co-founder and the CEO of Meta Platforms, established the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in December 2015, with a pledge to transfer 99 percent of their Facebook shares, then valued at $45 billion. She attended Harvard University and received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco.

Life and career[]

On February 24, 1985, Chan was born in Braintree, Massachusetts,[3] and grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Her parents were Chinese immigrants from Vietnam who fled the country in refugee boats.[4][5] She grew up speaking Cantonese and served as an interpreter for her grandparents. She has two younger sisters with all siblings born in the United States.[6] Chan's father owned a restaurant in Massachusetts, which he later sold to run a wholesale fish company in 2006. Chan was voted "class genius" by her classmates and graduated valedictorian of her class from Quincy High School.[6]

Chan entered Harvard University in 2003, where she met and began dating Mark Zuckerberg. During her time at Harvard, she participated in the Franklin Afterschool Enrichment program.[7] After graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, she taught science at the private Harker School for a year, before entering medical school at the University of California, San Francisco in 2008,[8] where she finished her pediatrics residency in 2015.[9][6]

She is the first college graduate in her family.[6]

In 2016, she co-founded "The Primary School", a nonprofit organization that would provide K–12 education as well as prenatal care, in East Palo Alto, California.[6] She is the board chair of the school.

She is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English.

Personal life[]

Chan married Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on May 19, 2012, the day after the site's IPO.[6] Chan and Zuckerberg announced the birth of their daughter Maxima Chan Zuckerberg[A][10] on December 1, 2015.[11][12][13] On August 28, 2017, Chan gave birth to their second daughter, whom they named August.[14]

According to a Facebook post by Zuckerberg, Chan is a Buddhist.[15]


Chan with her husband Mark Zuckerberg in Prague, Czech Republic, 2013.

Zuckerberg and Chan have pledged about $4.6 billion to charities,[16] including a donation of $75 million to San Francisco General Hospital, where Chan worked.[6][17][18] In 2013, they gave 18 million Facebook shares (valued at more than $970 million) to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Chronicle of Philanthropy placed the couple at the top of its list of 50 most generous American philanthropists for that year.[19] They also pledged $120 million to public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.[5]

On December 1, 2015, Chan and Zuckerberg posted an open Facebook letter to their newborn daughter. They pledged to transfer 99 percent of their Facebook shares, then valued at $45 billion, to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which is their new limited liability company that focuses on health and education.[5][16]

Chan handles the day-to-day operations at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.[17] Her charitable goals focus on education, healthcare, and science, which are closely tied to her personal background.[6] She is considered to have had a strong influence on the philanthropy of her husband.[5] She was one of six nominated for The San Francisco Chronicle's third annual Visionary of the Year award in March 2017. The award honors leaders who strive to make the world a better place and also drive change by employing new, innovative business practices.[20]


  1. ^ "Max", Cantonese Yale: Chàhn Mìhngyúh, Mandarin pinyin: Chén Míngyǔ, written 陳明宇.


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  2. ^ "Our Leadership". Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  3. ^ Shanahan, Mark (July 30, 2010). "Mark Zuckerberg's lady friend is local". The Boston Globe.
  4. ^ Womack, Brantly (2006). China and Vietnam: Politics of Asymmetry. Cambridge University Press. pp. 26–28. ISBN 0-521-85320-6.
  5. ^ a b c d Christina Cauterucci (December 1, 2015). "Priscilla Chan's Formidable Influence on Mark Zuckerberg's Philanthropy". Slate.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Hope King (December 1, 2015). "Who is Priscilla Chan?". CNN.
  7. ^ Cambridge, Phillips Brooks House Association Harvard Yard. "Priscilla Chan, in rare interview, tells how her goals with Mark Zuckerberg are shaped by personal story". Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  8. ^ King, Hope (December 1, 2015). "Who is Priscilla Chan?". CNNMoney. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  9. ^ "Dr. Priscilla Chan MD Pediatrics General Pediatrics". U.S. News. February 10, 2021.
  10. ^ Kell, John (February 8, 2016). "Mark Zuckerberg Reveals Daughter's Chinese Name". Fortune. Retrieved February 29, 2016. In a pretty adorable video shared by the tech executive over the weekend, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan said their daughter Max's Chinese name is Chen Mingyu.
  11. ^ Lamagna, Maria (December 3, 2015). "How Kim Kardashian and Priscilla Chan differ when it comes to 'push presents'". Market Watch. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  12. ^ Chandler, Adam (December 1, 2015). "A $45 Billion Birth Announcement". The Atlantic. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  13. ^ "Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan to give away 99 percent of their Facebook stock, worth $45 billion". Washington Post. December 4, 2015.
  14. ^ "Mark Zuckerberg and family welcome new baby". CBC News. August 29, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  15. ^ Sam Littlefair (October 27, 2015). "Mark Zuckerberg says "Buddhism is an amazing religion"". Lion's Roar.
  16. ^ a b "Mark Zuckerberg Vows to Donate 99% of His Facebook Shares for Charity". The New York Times. December 1, 2015.
  17. ^ a b Wagner, Kurt (July 10, 2017). "Priscilla Chan is running one of the most ambitious philanthropies in the world". Vox. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  18. ^ Safian, Robert. "Exclusive: The amazing ascent of Priscilla Chan". Quartz. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  19. ^ "Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg biggest giver in 2013". USA Today. February 10, 2014.
  20. ^ "Philanthropy earns Priscilla Chan Visionary of the Year nomination". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
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