This week, Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan, MD, welcomed their second child to the world, or at least the more than 1.28 billion people in the world who use Zuckerberg's multibillion-dollar social-networking website. In a post, Zuckerberg included a picture of Chan and himself spending time with their two little ones. He also added a lovely letter with encouraging words for his newborn daughter's future. Check it out:
August is a beautiful (and timely) name. It signifies magnificence. Garth Brooks used it for his daughter, while Mariska Hargitay used it for her son, as did Dave Mathews for his little boy. Of course, Facebook already has an excellent strategy for reminding people of their friends' and relatives' birthdays. But having the same name as her birthday month should help until August is old enough to have her own Facebook account in 13 years.
The letter Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan wrote to baby August resembled a similar letter he penned for their first child, Maxima Chan Zuckerberg, upon her birth in 2015. In that letter, the billionaire prodigy wrote,
Your mother and I don't yet have the words to describe the hope you give us for the future. Your new life is full of promise, and we hope you will be happy and healthy so you can explore it fully. You've already given us a reason to reflect on the world we hope you live in.
Much of the letter to Maxima discussed the state of the world and how media outlets often get it wrong. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan took an upbeat outlook and promised to do their part to make the world a better place. In fact, they pledged to donate their fortune to the Chan Zuckerberg foundation to improve the state of the world. The lengthy letter outlined a list of incredible changes as well as critical areas that need work. Chan and Zuckerberg wrote,
For your generation to live in a better world, there is so much more our generation can do.
Of course, the most recent letter to August carried a sentiment similar to that of the first letter to Max. This fact was evident in the line Mark Zuckerberg wrote about working to create "a world with better education, fewer diseases, stronger communities, and greater equality." At the same time, the new letter was much lighter (and much shorter) than its predecessor. Plus, there were no new pledges to donate tons of money to charitable causes; instead, there were words of encouragement to play outdoors and be a kid.
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan met when they were students at Harvard. He invented Facebook in 2004 and essentially became a real-life Tony Stark in a matter of years. In 2012, Zuckerberg and Chan married in a private ceremony in Palo Alto, California. They welcomed Maxima in 2015, and now with the addition of August, they are a happy family of four. This is one story we can definitely "like"!