Priscilla Chan

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Priscilla Chan
Priscilla Chan, 2018 (cropped).jpg
Priscilla Chan, in 2018
Born (1985-02-24) February 24, 1985 (age 36)
EducationHarvard University (AB)
University of California, San Francisco (MD)
  • Pediatrician
  • philanthropist
(m. 2012)

Priscilla Chan (born February 24, 1985)[2] is an American former pediatrician and philanthropist. She and her husband Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, Inc., 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 (UCSF).

Early life[edit]

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 in 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 USA.[6] Chan's father sold the restaurant in 2006 and started to ran a wholesale fish company. In 2003, she graduated as class valedictorian from Quincy High School. Chan was voted "class genius" by her classmates and graduated top of her class.[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 Enchrichment program.[7] She graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in biology and also studied Spanish. She is fluent in Cantonese, English, and Spanish. She is the first college graduate in her family.[6] She graduated from Medical School in 2012 and finished her pediatrics residency at the UCSF in the summer of 2015.[8][6]


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

After graduation, she taught science at the private Harker School for a year, before entering medical school at the University of California, San Francisco in 2008.[9] In 2016 she was the Co-founder (together with Meredith Liu) of "The Primary School", a nonprofit organization that would provide K–12 education as well as prenatal care, in East Palo Alto, California.[6] Chan is a CEO of the tuition free private "The Primary School".[10][11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Chan married Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on May 19, 2012, the day after the site's stock market launch.[6] Chan and Zuckerberg announced the birth of their daughter Maxima Chan Zuckerberg[A][13] on December 1, 2015.[14][15][16] On August 28, 2017, Chan gave birth to their second daughter, whom they named August.[17]

According to a Facebook post by Zuckerberg, Chan is a Buddhist.[18]

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative[edit]

Zuckerberg and Chan have pledged about $4.6 billion to charities,[19] including a donation of $75 million to San Francisco General Hospital, where Chan worked.[6][20][21] 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.[22] 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][19]

Chan handles the day to day operations at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.[23] 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.[24]


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


  1. ^ "Our Leadership". Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  2. ^ "Facebook's Royal Wedding". New York Times. May 25, 2012.
  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. ^ "Dr. Priscilla Chan MD Pediatrics General Pediatrics". February 10, 2021. External link in |website= (help)
  9. ^ King, Hope (December 1, 2015). "Who is Priscilla Chan?". CNNMoney. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  10. ^ Kim, Larry (September 16, 2019). "Getting to Know Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg: 10 Facts You Haven't Heard". Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  11. ^ "About Us". The Primary School. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  12. ^ Wagner, Kurt (July 10, 2017). "Priscilla Chan is running one of the most ambitious philanthropies in the world". Vox. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Lamagna, Maria (December 3, 2015). "How Kim Kardashian and Priscilla Chan differ when it comes to 'push presents'". Market Watch. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  15. ^ Chandler, Adam (December 1, 2015). "A $45 Billion Birth Announcement". The Atlantic. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  16. ^ "Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan to give away 99 percent of their Facebook stock, worth $45 billion". Washington Post. December 4, 2015.
  17. ^ "Mark Zuckerberg and family welcome new baby". CBC. August 29, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  18. ^ Sam Littlefair (October 27, 2015). "Mark Zuckerberg says "Buddhism is an amazing religion"". Lion's Roar.
  19. ^ a b "Mark Zuckerberg Vows to Donate 99% of His Facebook Shares for Charity". The New York Times. December 1, 2015.
  20. ^ Wagner, Kurt (July 10, 2017). "Priscilla Chan is running one of the most ambitious philanthropies in the world". Vox. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  21. ^ Safian, Robert. "Exclusive: The amazing ascent of Priscilla Chan". Quartz. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  22. ^ "Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg biggest giver in 2013". USA Today. February 10, 2014.
  23. ^ Wagner, Kurt (July 10, 2017). "Priscilla Chan is running one of the most ambitious philanthropies in the world". Vox. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  24. ^ "Philanthropy earns Priscilla Chan Visionary of the Year nomination". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 29, 2017.