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Mark Zuckerberg’s Wife: Why They Donated $120 Million To CA Schools

Fri, May 30, 2014 8:19pm EDT by 1 Comment
Priscilla Chan Mark Zuckerberg Donation
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan may be billionaires but they certainly don’t live like it! The laid-back couple is pretty frugal in their personal lives but super-spendy when it comes to charity. In fact, even though they just gave $120 million to California schools, Priscilla reveals in her first-ever TV interview on May 30 that Mark still loves his hoodies — he’s just ‘graduated’ to more expensive ones!

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg have kept a low profile ever since they tied the knot in May, 2012. But Priscilla opened up in her first-ever TV interview on May 30 to share some never-before-heard details about their low-key lifestyle, and to announce that she and her famous husband are donating $120 million to California schools. Wondering why Mark and Priscilla go big for others but not for themselves? Read on!

Priscilla Chan & Mark Zuckerberg Donation: $120 Million Donated To CA Schools

After announcing their huge charitable donation on Facebook (how fitting!), Priscilla Chan opened up to Today show anchor Savannah Guthrie about why she and her tech-guru husband can’t WAIT to help Bay Area schools improve their technology — and hopefully help students love learning even more. So why is the couple pledging $120 million to just ONE area of schools?


Priscilla had the perfect answer. “The Bay Area is our home. We’ve seen first hand that the quality of education really varies in our area,” she tells Savannah.

Priscilla might be super wealthy now, but her childhood was strikingly different. “I grew up as the child of two immigrant parents who left their home country in refugee boats,” she explains, adding that her mom worked two jobs for most of her life.

Priscilla Chan: Why Mark Zuckerberg Still Wears Hoodies Despite Fame & Fortune

Perhaps Priscilla’s upbringing has something to do with her and Mark’s modest lifestyle. The recent med school graduate, 29, revealed to Savannah that Mark is still basically the same man she met a Harvard frat party more than 10 years ago.

“He has graduated to a nicer hoodie. The main quality about this hoodie that’s nicer is that it’s softer, so he’s really excited about that,” she says. “I’m pro-hoodie. He wears a fresh hoodie every day so that pretty much meets my lowest barrier for him … I’m happy with whatever he wants to wear, as long as it’s appropriate for where we’re going.”

Priscilla and Mark sound like the perfect match, and we love that he hasn’t gotten outgrown his signature hoodie. We can’t wait to hear more about their amazing charitable work!

So, what do YOU think about Priscilla and Mark’s low-key lifestyle, HollywoodLifers? Are you surprised that they’re so down-to-earth? Do you admire them for donating money to local schools? Let me know in the comments below!

— Megan Ross 

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