Mark Elliot Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984 in White Plains, New York, is the son of a comfortable family and good education. His father Edward Zuckerberg of profession dentist and Karen his mother of profession psychiatrist. He has three sisters Randy, Donna, and Ariel.
Mark Zuckerberg’s letter to his little baby
The founder of Facebook wrote an emotional letter to his daughter this December 1, after Max was born, his firstborn. It highlights the happiness that comes from their arrival in life and hopes for their future.
In the letter from “Mom and Dad” to small Priscilla Chan Mark and claim no words to describe the hope that their arrival means for the immediate future.
“Your mother and I have no words to describe the hope you give us for the future. Your life is full of promises, and we hope you will be happy and healthy so that you can fully explore it,” notes the introduction of this emotional letter.
In the message posted on Facebook you can see the young billionaire with his wife Priscilla and daughter Max, which is the first picture of the little girl. He also welcomes a new generation of the Chan Zuckerberg family, with whom he hopes to unite the people of the world and promote values such as equality in all children.
To commemorate the birth of her daughter, the new family member Zuckerberg and Chan announced that they will donate 99% of their Facebook shares, currently valued at about USD 45 billion, for a charitable cause.
As indicated by Mark, the money will be allocated to “supercharge and promote equity in areas such as health, education, research and scientific power” through a new organization called Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Zuckerberg, 31, is the founder and CEO of the world’s most popular social network, Facebook, with more than 1.2 billion users. Forbes magazine estimates its fortune at $ 41.5 billion, making it the 12th most wealthy man in the United States. Facebook has a stock market value of USD 246 billion.
Priscilla Chan, 30, and Zuckerberg met in 2003 during a party at Harvard. They married in 2012. She earned a Harvard degree in Biology (her husband left the race for his project with Facebook ) and worked as a pediatrician in the central hospital of San Francisco, which the couple recently donated $ 75 million.
The letter is as follows:
Your mother and I still do not have the words to describe the hope that you give us for the future. Your new life is full of promises, and we hope you will be happy and healthy so that you can fully explore. You have already given us a reason to reflect on the world we expect to live.
Like all parents, we want them to grow into a better world than ours today.
While headlines often focus on what is wrong, in many ways, the world is getting better. Health is improving. Poverty is shrinking. Knowledge is growing. People are connecting. Technological progress in all fields means that your life should be dramatically better than ours today.
We will do our part to make this happen, not only because we love them but also because we have a moral responsibility for all children in the next generation.
We believe that all lives have the same value, and that includes the many more people who will live in the future generations living today. Our society has the obligation to invest now to improve the lives of all who come to this world, not just those who are already here.
But right now, we do not always collectively direct our resources to the greater opportunities and problems that your generation will face. Consider the disease. Today we spend approximately 50 times more, as a society, treat people who are sick of what we invest in research so we will not get sick in the first place.
Medicine has only been a real science for less than 100 years, and we have already seen complete cures for some diseases and good progress for others. As technology accelerates, we have a real opportunity to prevent, cure or direct all or most of the rest in the next 100 years.
Today, most people die of five things – heart disease, cancer, stroke, neurodegenerative and infectious diseases – and we can move forward faster on these and other issues.
Once we recognize that your generation and the generation of your children do not have to suffer from the disease, we collectively the responsibility to tilt our investments a little more into the future to make this reality. Your mother and I want to do our part.
Curing the disease will take time. For short periods of five or ten years, it can not seem like we are making a big difference. But in the long run, the seeds planted now will grow, and one day, you or your children will see what we can only imagine: a world without suffering from disease.
There are so many opportunities like this. If society focuses more of its energy on these great challenges, we will come out of its generation a much better world.
Our hopes for their generation approach in two ideas: advancing human potential and promoting equality. Advancing human potential is to push the limits of how great a human life can be.
Can you learn and experience 100 times more than we do today? Can our illness cure generation so it lives much longer and healthier?
Can we connect the world by having access to all ideas, the person and the opportunity?
Can we harness the cleanest energy so that I can invent things that we can not conceive today while protecting the environment? Can we cultivate entrepreneurship so that we can build any business and solve any challenge of growing peace and prosperity?
Promoting equality is about making everyone have access to these opportunities – regardless of the nation, the families or the circumstances of their birth in.
Our society has to do this not only for justice or charity, but for the greatness of human progress. Today we were deprived of the possibility that many have to offer. The only way to reach our potential is to channel the talents, ideas and contributions of each person in the world.
Can our generation eliminate poverty and hunger? Can we offer everyone with basic health care? Can we build inclusive and welcoming communities? Can we foster peaceful relationships and understanding among people of all nations? Can we really empower everyone – women, children, underrepresented minorities, immigrants and the disconnected? If our generation makes the right investments, the answer to each of these questions may be yes – and hopefully within your life.
This mission – advance human potential and the promotion of equality – will require a new approach for all to work toward these goals. You have to make long-term investments of more than 25, 50 or even 100 years. The greatest challenges require very long horizons and can not be solved by short-term thinking.
We must work directly with the people we serve. We can not empower people if we do not understand the needs and desires of their communities. We must build the technology to make the change. Many institutions invest money in these challenges, but the greatest progress comes from productivity gains through innovation.
We must engage in politics and advocacy to shape the debates. Many institutions are not willing to do this, but progress must be supported by movements to be sustainable. We must support the strongest and most independent leaders in each field. Partnering with experts is most effective for the mission of trying to steer our efforts.
We must take risks today to learn lessons for the future. We are early in our learning, and many things we try will not work, but we will listen and learn and continue to improve. Our experience with personalized learning, internet access, and community education and health have shaped our philosophy.
Our generation grew up in classrooms where we learned all the same things at the same pace regardless of our interests or needs. Your September goals generation for what you want to become – like an engineer, health worker, writer or community leader. You will have that technology. Understand how you learn best and where you need to focus. You are going to move quickly on topics that interest you most, and get all the help you need in your most difficult areas. You will explore topics are not even offered in schools today. Your teachers also have better tools and data to help you reach your goals.
Even better, students around the world will be trusted to use personalized learning tools over the Internet, even if they do not live near good schools. Of course it will take more than technology to give everyone a good start in life, but personalized learning can be a scalable way to give all children a better education and greater equality of opportunity.
We are starting to build this technology now, and the results are already promising. Not only do students perform better in tests, but they gain the skills and confidence to learn what they want. And this journey is just beginning. Technology and teaching will be quickly improved every year you are in school.
Your mother and I have taught both students and we have seen what it takes to do this job. It will take Work with the strongest leaders in education to help schools around the world adopt personalized learning. It will get involved with the population, so we are starting in our San Francisco Bay community. It will take the construction of new technologies and try out new ideas. And it’s going to take lots of making mistakes and learning lessons to achieve these goals before.
Once we understand But the world we can create for your generation, we have a responsibility to society in our investments to focus on the future to make this reality. Together, we can do this. And when we do, personalized learning will not only help students in good schools, it will help provide more equal opportunity to anyone with an internet connection.
Many of the greatest opportunities for your generation will come from giving everyone access to the internet. People often think of the Internet as just for entertainment or communication. But for most people in the world, the internet can be a lifesaver.
Provide education if you do not live near a good school. Provide health information about avoiding illness or raising healthy children if you do not live near a doctor. Provide financial services if you do not live near a bank. It provides access to jobs and opportunities if you do not live in a good economy.
The Internet is so important that for every 10 people who have access to the Internet, about a person rises from poverty and is created around a new job.
However, even more than half of the world’s population – more than 4 billion people – do not have access to the Internet. If our generation connects them, we can lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. We can also help hundreds of millions of children receive an education and save millions of lives by helping people avoid the disease.
This is another long-term effort that can be gained by technology and partnership. It will take to invent new technology to make internet more affordable and bring access to the unconnected areas.
It will partner with governments, non-profit organizations and businesses. It will lead to engage with communities to understand what they need. Good people have different points of view on the best way forward, and we will try many efforts before we succeed.
But together we can succeed and create a more egalitarian world.
Technology can not solve problems by itself. Building a better world begins with building strong, healthy communities. Children have the best opportunities when they can learn. And they learn best when they are healthy. Health begins early – with loving family, good nutrition and a safe and stable environment.
Children who face traumatic experiences early in life often develop less healthy minds and bodies. Studies show physical changes in brain development that lead to lower cognitive ability. Your mother is a doctor and educator, and she has seen this firsthand. If you have a sickly childhood, it is difficult to reach your full potential.
If you have to wonder if you will have food or rent, or worry about abuse or misdemeanor, then it is hard to reach your full potential. If you are afraid that you will go to jail instead of college for the color of your skin, or that your family will be deported because of your legal status, or that you may be a victim of violence because of your Religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, then it is difficult to reach its full potential.
We need institutions that understand these topics are all connected. That’s the philosophy of this new kind of school your mother is building.
By partnering with schools, health centers, parent groups and local governments, and ensuring that all children are well nourished and cared for starting young, we can begin to address these inequalities as connected. Only then can we start collectively so that everyone has the same opportunity.
It will take many years to fully develop this model. But it is another example of how to advance human potential and the promotion of equality are closely linked. If we want it to be, we must first build inclusive and healthy communities.
For your generation to live in a better world, there is not much more that our generation can do. Today your mother and I commit to spend our lives doing our little part to help solve these challenges. I will continue to serve as Facebook CEO for many, many years, but these issues are too important to wait until you or we are older to begin this job. When we start at an early age, we expect to see the benefits of capitalization throughout our lives.
As we begin the next generation of the Chan Zuckerberg family, we also begin the Zuckerberg Chan Initiative to join people around the world to promote human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation. Our initial areas of focus can be customized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities.
We will give 99% of Facebook shares – currently about $ 45 billion – during our lives to advance this mission. We know that this is a small contribution compared to all the resources and talents of those who are already working on these issues. But we want to do what we can, working together with many others.
We will share more details in the coming months once we settle into our new family rhythm and return from our maternity and paternity sheets. We understand that you will have many questions about how and why we are doing this. As we become parents and enter this new chapter of our lives, we want to share our deep gratitude for all that makes it possible.
We can do this job just because we have a strong global community behind us. Building Facebook has created resources to improve the world for the next generation. Every member of the Facebook community is playing an important role in this work. We can move towards these opportunities only standing on the shoulders of the experts – our mentors, partners and many incredible people whose contributions built these fields.
And we can only focus on serving this community and this mission because we are surrounded by family, supportive friends and their incredible loving colleagues. We hope you will have these kind of deep and inspiring relationships in your life as well.
Max, we love you and feel a great responsibility to leave the world a better place for you and for all children. We wish him a full life with the same love, hope and joy that he gives us. We can not wait to see what they bring to this world. Love”
Mom and Dad