Facebook CEO gets married

2012-05-20 08:00

Washington - Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wed longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan on Saturday, announcing the nuptials through a status update on the social networking site.

The 28-year-old billionaire's wedding took place a day after Facebook's initial public offering on the Nasdaq stock exchange on Friday. More than 280 000 people "liked" Zuckerberg's status change, which was accompanied by a photo of the smiling couple in wedding attire in a small, verdant outdoor setting with a string of lights behind them.

In the photo, the famously casual Zuckerberg is wearing a dark blue suit and tie, a departure from his trademark "hoodie," while Chan has on a sleeveless white dress with lace overlay.

The pair wed in an intimate backyard ceremony in Palo Alto, California, according to People magazine. The couple had planned the exchange of vows for four months, but surprised their guests, who thought they were to celebrate Chan's recent graduation from medical school, the magazine reported.

Zuckerberg's sister, Arielle Zuckerberg, posted, "Balls. Now I'm the only unmarried Zuckerberg..." on her Facebook page. She is listed by Chan as a family member on the site.

Zuckerberg designed a simple ruby wedding ring for Chan himself, People reported. Guests dined on food from the couple's favourite restaurants, and nibbled on mouse-shaped chocolates that the pair ate on their first date nine years ago.

Tim Carvell, lead writer for "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, reacted to the news on Twitter, writing: "Congratulations, Mark Zuckerberg! As a gift, I got you the names of all my friends, a list of my favourite movies, and some photos of me!"

Met at Harvard 

Zuckerberg, whose shares are worth nearly $20 billion and who retains voting control of Facebook, marked the debut of his company's stock at Facebook's Silicon Valley campus on Friday, symbolically ringing the opening bell for stock trading.

The IPO did not go as well as the social networking company had hoped, with shares closing just above the offering price of $38 a share after trading glitches and a last-minute, 25% increase in the number of shares being sold.

More than 576 million shares changed hands, setting a trading volume record for US market debuts. Facebook posted $3.7 billion in revenue in 2011 and $1 billion in profit. The site boasts 900 million global users.

Facebook's emergence as a cultural phenomenon was depicted in the fictionalised 2010 film "The Social Network."

Zuckerberg, Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2010, started Facebook in his Harvard University dorm room eight years ago, before dropping out of the Ivy League school. Chan just graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. The couple met while at Harvard.

Neither Zuckerberg nor Chan commented further about their marriage on their Facebook pages, and Facebook representatives did not immediately respond to e-mailed requests for comment on the wedding.

The couple adopted a Hungarian sheepdog named Beast a year ago, and live together in Palo Alto.

  • fatimah.mavuso - 2012-05-20 08:07


      thitos - 2012-05-20 17:51

      I'm starting to believe that News24 generates these thumbs ups and thumbs downs themselves...What's not to like about this comment?!!

      Preshen - 2012-05-21 08:31

      Did he change his status to Married on Facebook?

  • RangoAndEmy - 2012-05-20 08:19

    Mazeltov and long life to you both x

  • shimi.mpete - 2012-05-20 08:27

    Y ddnt he invyt us?evn thou we wil nt cme bt any congrats

      miyo27 - 2012-05-20 09:52

      "The couple had planned the exchange of vows for four months, but surprised their guests, who thought they were to celebrate Chan's recent graduation from medical school" was obviously a surprise! use your brain

  • shimi.mpete - 2012-05-20 08:27

    Y ddnt he invyt us?evn thou we wil nt cme bt any congrats

      spartanx93 - 2012-05-20 10:09

      Why on earth would he want to invite you!?!?!?!

      lidwaan - 2012-05-20 23:24

      The way you spell, im not surprised that you werent invited to his surprise. SURPRISE!!!!

  • sollynka.jacob1 - 2012-05-20 08:37

    Gud lky 2 the ceo

  • Frank - 2012-05-20 08:56

    Congratulation Mark

  • RObert - 2012-05-20 09:01

    cngratz boi

      stphnsam - 2012-05-20 09:11

      did she sign pre-nup?

  • stphnsam - 2012-05-20 09:12

    did she sign pre-nup?

      Kelebogile - 2012-05-23 09:00

      i guess not,,,,kikikiki

  • Ngwana - 2012-05-20 09:21

    So, they didn't meet on Facebook? Just asking

  • Ivan - 2012-05-20 09:26

    Congrats to Facebook's co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He has changed his status to " being in a relationship " to " Married to Priscilla Chan " May their Status be a long and Happy one.

  • Dianne - 2012-05-20 09:30

    What I like about this, no media hype! Congratulations to the couple.

  • Bheki Nas - 2012-05-20 10:08

    they met up via facebook..

  • Eidel - 2012-05-20 10:24

    Face to Face but not in a book..

  • hlengiwej - 2012-05-20 11:03

    Congretulations Mr.

  • Jaba - 2012-05-20 11:24

    Mazaltov :)

      Vienna - 2012-05-21 03:05

      Mazaltov to a nice Jewish young man, marrying a non Jew ?

  • Iviwe.mawande.kubalo - 2012-05-20 11:35

    Congratulations MR

  • Khayoh Mfiswah - 2012-05-20 12:04

    Ddn't det meet on facebook??? Jst askn. Congra boetie

  • Ted - 2012-05-20 12:24

    The fastest way to get a grip on China.

      John - 2012-05-21 01:06

      Wtf? Seriously I'm so sick of these stupid China comments...

  • fc.gest - 2012-05-20 14:04

    Congrats to a wonderful couple, can only get better from here

  • ntjeke.wilfred - 2012-05-20 14:35

    Congratulation Mark,billions and some1 you love make...welcome to paradise :)

  • Mokokotlo - 2012-05-20 20:30

    I wish u well brother man, wish u a better future and yo lovely lady. Sharp

  • Vienna - 2012-05-21 03:02

    I hope Mark got a prenap.

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