Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg sprung into the spotlight on Saturday when it was revealed she had married longtime boyfriend Mark Zuckerberg — the Facebook founder & CEO (and billionaire after the Facebook IPO). The wedding had been planned for months and the couple was waiting for Chan to finish medical school, but the date of the IPO was a ‘moving target’ not known when the wedding was set.”
According to friends, Priscilla likes Target, the Food Network and sun-dried tomatoes. She loves taking pictures of her dog Beast, and admits to checking her phone “every five seconds.” She writes that she “loves cooking and soft things” and enjoys diet A&W. “I am a simple creature,” she writes.
The Monday before Facebook’s IPO, the same day Zuckerberg turned 28, he was in the audience at Chan’s UCSF School of Medicine commencement ceremony. He ‘checked in’ via Facebook, natch, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, writing: “I’m so proud of you, Dr. Chan :).”
Dr. Chan was never going to be a stereotypical billionaire’s wife of the many-spouses-of-Donald-Trump variety. The 27-year-old bilingual Mandarin speaker graduated from Harvard in 2007, the year after Zuckerberg would have earned his degree if he hadn’t left to focus on Facebook — or thefacebook, as it was then known.
In a 2005 Harvard Crimson story about Mark leaving the university, he is quoted as asking Chan, identified as a “passing friend,” “Hey, Priscilla, do you want a job at the Facebook?” “I’d love a job at Facebook,” she responds while “offering him a Twizzler.” Priscilla never worked for Mark at Facebook.
According to her Facebook page, Chan speaks English, Spanish and Cantonese. The newlyweds also have a dog, aptly named Beast.