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Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Marriage Profile


Needless to say it was a busy week in 2012 for Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg. Monday, May 14th was Mark's birthday and Priscilla's graduation from medical school. Friday, May 18th Facebook went public with the much anticipated IPO. And on Saturday, May 19th, Mark and Priscilla were married in a surprise wedding.

Although it may not seem very romantic, many financial experts recommend that couples discuss having a prenuptial agreement when they talk about important issues prior to getting married. Considering his wealth from Facebook and the challenges of an interracial marriage, we sure hope they had this talk.


Mark Elliot Zuckerberg: May 14, 1984 in White Plains, New York.

Priscilla Chan: Abt. 1985 in Braintree, Massachusetts.

When and Where Priscilla and Mark Met:

Mark and Priscilla first met at Harvard on November 7, 2003. They have been seeing one another "for more than nine years" according to Marcus Wohlsen of AP.

Wedding Date and Information:

Mark and Priscilla were married in on May 19, 2012 in the backyard of their Palo Alto, California home. Priscilla's wedding ring was designed by Mark and features a "very simple ruby." Priscilla wore traditional long, white wedding dress "with veil and lace" and Mark wore a dark blue suit. More Information about Chan's Claire Pettibone Wedding Dress
Caroline Howard: "Chan ... looks lovely in an elegant sleeveless white gown with an illusion lace neckline; a transparent white veil falls behind her shoulders."
Source: Caroline Howard. "Mark Zuckerberg Wedding: The Suit Makes The Man." Forbes.com. 5/20/2012.

Around 100 guests attended the ceremony thinking it was a party to celebrate Priscilla's graduation from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. Dean Schabner of ABCNews.com reported "The couple had been planning the ceremony for four or five months, the guest said."

Zach Johnson: "Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are good at keeping secrets."
Source: Zach Johnson. "Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's Surprise Wedding: New Details!" USMagazine.com. 5/20/2012.

The wedding reception featured food served family style from Palo Alto Sol and Fuki Sushi. Kim-Mai Cutler of TechCrunch shared the dessert was what Priscilla and Mark ate on their first date -- Burdick chocolate mice.

"The seemingly well-coordinated timing was largely a coincidence, the guest said. The wedding had been planned for months and the couple was waiting for Chan to finish medical school, but the date of the IPO was a “moving target” not known when the wedding was set."
Source: "Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg weds on day after IPO." TheDailyEdge.com. 5/20/2012.


Mark and Priscilla spent their short honeymoon in Rome, Italy.


Mark: CEO and founder of Facebook, philanthropist.

Priscilla: Pediatrician, teacher.

Priscilla on choosing UCSF: "I was attracted by the faculty's honesty and warmth and the curriculum's inter-disciplinary approach. San Francisco's quirkiness and diversity sealed the deal."
Source: "White Coats on a Rainbow of Students." UCSF.edu.


Mark and Priscilla live in Palo Alto, California.


Priscilla and Mark have Beast, a Puli, a type of Hungarian Sheepdog. He has been with Mark and Priscilla since March 2011. Beast has his own Facebook page with lots of cute pictures.

Quotes About Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's Marriage:

Priscilla: “He [Mark] was this nerdy guy who was just a little bit out there,” Chan told me. “I remember he had these beer glasses that said ‘pound include beer dot H.’ It’s a tag for C++. It’s like college humor but with a nerdy, computer-science appeal."
Source: Jose Antonio Vargas. "The Face of Facebook. NewYorker.com. 9/20/2010.

Priscilla: “We try to stick pretty close to what our goals are and what we believe and what we enjoy doing in life—just simple things."
Source: Jose Antonio Vargas. "The Face of Facebook. NewYorker.com. 9/20/2010.

Sarah Lacy: "... they had a series of 'negotiations' over how much she'd get to see him. The final treaty: one date per week, a minimum of a hundred minutes of alone time, not in his apartment and definitely not at Facebook."
Source: Sarah Lacy. Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good: The Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0. 2009.

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