Priscilla Chan Biography
Priscilla Chan is an American pediatrician and philanthropist born on 24th February 1985 in Braintree, Massachusetts, U.S. She is the wife to Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook. She is also a co-founder of Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, an organisation that aims to “advance human potential and promote equality in areas such as health, education, scientific research and energy”
Chan is a pediatrician and former teacher, she is also the founder and CEO of The Primary School, which integrates health and education and serves children and families in East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven neighborhood in Menlo Park, California.
Priscilla Chan Age
Priscilla Chan was born on 24th February 1985 in Braintree, Massachusetts, U.S. (33 years as of 2018)
Priscilla Chan Parents/ Family
Priscilla was born to Yvvone Chan and Dennis Chan. Her father is a Chinese-Vietnamese whose family immigrated to America in the seventies after spending time in a refugee camp. Her father Dennis later opened a Chinese restaurant where he worked 18 hours a day. Her mother worked long hours at the Taste of Asia in Boston. Priscilla was raised largely by her grandmother.
“She was mostly raised by her Chinese grandmother, who spoke no English. She was a very dignified woman who clearly was a huge influence in Priscilla’s life. The grandmother was her emotional support. Her parents were working long hours – 18-hour days – at the restaurant.” Her science teacher and tennis coach said.
Priscilla Chan Education
Priscilla attended Quincy High School where she graduated as class valedictorian in 2003. She was voted “class genius” by her classmates. She later joined Harvard University graduating in 2007 with a BA in biology and she also studied Spanish. In 2008 she joined the University of California, San Francisco where she graduated in 2012, and finished her pediatric residency in the summer of 2015.
Priscilla Chan Husband/ Priscilla Chan And Mark Zuckerberg/ Facebook CEO Wife
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg got married on 19th May 2012. Mark and Chan met in 2003 at a party hosted by Mark’s fraternity in the waiting line for the washroom. At the time they were both studying at Harvard University and soon after they began dating. After sometime Mark dropped out to run his newly found company then titled The Facebook.
Priscilla Chan Children
Priscilla Chan and Mark has two children Maxima Chan Zuckerberg, born in 2015, and August Chan Zuckerberg, born in 2017. When Chan was pregnant with their first born daughter Mark took to Facebook where he announced the news and even revealed that they had previously suffered three miscarriages.
“Priscilla and I have some exciting news: we’re expecting a baby girl!… Cilla and our child are both healthy, I’m extremely excited to meet her and our dog Beast has no idea what’s coming. In our ultrasound, she (the baby girl) even gave me a thumbs up “like” with her hand, so I’m already convinced she takes after me. You feel so hopeful when you learn you’re going to have a child. You start imagining who they’ll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience. Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you — as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own. In today’s open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn’t distance us; it brings us together. It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope.”
Priscilla Chan Religion
According to a Facebook post by Mark Zuckerberg, Chan is a Buddhist.
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Priscilla Chan Net Worth
Priscilla Chan has an estimated net worth of $50 billion.
Priscilla Chan Career/Pediatrician
Priscilla Chan was a pediatric resident at UCSF Medical center for three years from 2012 to 2015. She received her medical degree from University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. She was a pediatrician at Zuckerberg San Francisco general hospital and trauma center from 2012 to 2017.
Priscilla Chan Foundation
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg co-founded Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a limited liability company, on 1st December 2015 for the birth of their daughter, Maxima Chan Zuckerberg.
The company was founded with an investment of “up to $1 billion in Facebook shares in each of the next three years”. The aim of the initiative was to “advance human potential and promote equality in areas such as health, education, scientific research and energy”.
The Harvard Gazette published on 6th March 2018 that the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative would pledge $30 million to the Reach Every Reader project.
On September 2016 the company announced Chan Zuckerberg Science, a science program, with $3 billion in investment over the next decade, with Cornelia Bargmann of Rockefeller University announced as the first president of science. The goal of the program is to help cure, manage, or prevent all disease by the year 2100. $600 million of the $3 billion would be spent on BioHub, a location in San Francisco’s Mission Bay District near the University of California, San Francisco, to allow for easy interaction and collaboration between scientists at University of California, San Francisco; University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University; and other universities in the area, as well as engineers and others.
Priscilla Chan Philanthropic Activities
Priscilla Chan initially worked as a science teacher at the Harker School in San Jose, California. In 2008, she started attending medical school and completed her graduation in 2012. She got married to Mark Zuckerberg the same year, on May 19th, just one day after Facebook’s stock market launch.
Priscilla and her husband have pledged around $1.6 billion to charities.
They donated $ 75 million to San Francisco General Hospital where Chan worked for some time. In 2015, the couple founded the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative which had an investment of up to $1 billion in Facebook shares.
Though the organization is for the well-being of the human population, it however, is not a charitable trust. It is a limited liability company, which can not only be used for profit, but can also spend money for lobbying, as well as making political donations.
Its legal structure lets Zuckerberg still control the Facebook shares owned by the organization. The organization announced their new science program named Chan Zuckerberg Science in September 2016.
With $3 billion in investments over the next decade, the program aims to cure or at least manage all diseases and ailments by the end of this century.
They have also decided to spend $600 million on Biohub, which is a location in San Francisco’s Mission Bay District, located near the University of California, in San Francisco, to allow easy interaction as well collaboration between the scientists at the universities in the area.
In 2016, Chan spoke of her plans to launch ‘The Primary School’, which will be a non-profit venture. It will provide K-12 education as well as prenatal care. In March 2017, along with her husband Mark Zuckerberg, she donated $50,000 to the Aloha Angels Endowned Fund.
Chan was among the six people nominated for the third annual Visionary of the Year Award presented by the ‘San Francisco Chronicle’ in March 2017. The award is meant to honor those people whose contributions help in making the world a better place.