As we at SPICE jump into December inspired by ‘Unity’, Mark Zuckerberg, the brain behind Facebook – one of the most popular social networking platforms that unites us in stalking each other online – has just announced he’ll be giving away 99% of his shares in the company. That’s approximately $45 billion (and 1,187,433 likes and counting).
The genius made the announcement yesterday via his Facebook page (obvs), while also sharing news of the arrival of his newborn daughter Max, saying in his lengthly yet touching post to her;
Your mother and I don’t yet have the words to describe the hope you give us for the future. …Like all parents, we want you to grow up in a world better than ours today.
…While headlines often focus on what’s wrong, in many ways the world is getting better. …We will do our part to make this happen, not only because we love you, but also because we have a moral responsibility to all children in the next generation.
…Our society has an obligation to invest now to improve the lives of all those coming into this world, not just those already here.
…We recognise that your generation and your children’s generation may not have to suffer from disease, we collectively have a responsibility to tilt our investments a bit more towards the future to make this reality.”
The post, which talks about new projects to create technology-fuelled ‘personalised learning’ and more equal access to the internet globally, is signed with “Love, Mom and Dad” but promises to reveal over the next few months exactly how Mr Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan will be working on it.
A quick look at the people who’ve commented so far shows Bill Gates’ wife Melinda, singer Shakira (or Shakira-Shakira, if like us you can never say her name just once and without Wyclef Jean’s accent) and Ariana Huffington of Huffington Post, who have all sent their congrats and respect at the gesture and plans ahead.READ MORE: PEOPLE ARE NAMING THEIR NEWBORNS AFTER INSTAGRAM FILTERS
Team SPICE can’t wait to find out more details on this brilliant Chan-Zuckerberg crusade to advance the next generation (while also wishing these guys were our parents), and while we employe you read the letter in full here, we join the majority of the online population in saying “wow” and “congratulations” to Mark, Priscilla, Max and the kids of the future.
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