Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan in a letter to their newly born daughter announced they would donate 99 percent of their shares in the company to charity, IndiaToday.in reports.
The letter written for daughter Maxima (Max) born a week ago was posted on Zuckerberg’s Facebook page and announced the beginning of Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Mark is contributing more than 45 billion dollars for improving this world for the next generation.
Many celebrities congratulated Zuckerberg and his wife for the newest addition in the family and for the brilliant initiative they have planned. Melinda Gates congratulated the Zuckerberg couple and applauded them for their decision to give back generously. “Raising children is a great adventure and the best thing we have ever done together. You will be fantastic parents,” she said.
Zukerberg replied by sharing the excitement of making them meet his infant daughter and asking Melinda to continue being the inspiration she and her husband Bill Gates are.
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, appreciated the ‘beautiful’ letter and the incredible commitment the couple has towards building a better world. Mark displays his admiration for the female COO of his brainchild project and says he is sure Max already loves her and is going to be a ‘Lean In’ girl. (Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead is a 2013 book written by Sheryl Sandberg.)
The congratulatory messages were not only from the big techies, Colombian singer and dancer Shakira also passed her greetings and called Max a fortunate baby for having parents with such dedication and integrity.
Herself being a mother of two, she emphasized the importance of education and equality. “It’s about helping pull everyone, and humanity in general, forward,” she wrote. Zuckerberg thanked her and praised her for her work with the United Nations.
British painter Hector Janse van Rensburg, better known by his pseudonym Shitty_Watercolour posted a painting of the couple with their first daughter.