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Priscilla Chan became a very rich woman when she married Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday. She was stunning in her wedding gown, but what’s her story?
There’s more to her than meets the eye.
Chan was a smart cookie in school, and she’s got the grades to prove it! Born in Braintree, Massachusetts, she was the valedictorian of her class when she graduated from Quincy High School in 2003. She majored in biology at Harvard.
Her Facebook page reveals even more details about Chan’s past. From 2007-2008, she taught science to middle school kids. She described the job as “hanging out with the little ones and trying to explain how the world works,” according to People.
Her academic success concluded with her degree in pediatrics awarded on May 14 from UCSF. It was the same day as Zuckerberg’s 28th birthday.
The love story of Chan and Zuckerberg follows a typical college romance. The couple met at a frat party. Both were standing in line for the bathroom at Alpha Epsilon Pi, his Jewish fraternity.
Chan remembers her husband as a nerdy guy with beer glasses that said, "pound include beer dot H," a tag for C++ that only computer science students could understand.
She could be one of the richest women in the world, but savors the simple things with Zuckerberg. They enjoy the park, bocce and playing the board game, The Settlers of Catan.
It looks like Chan’s kind spirit rubbed off on Zuckerberg. She inspired him to create an organ donor program on Facebook. Members can share their donor status and register to become a donor.
Zuckerberg can also speak basic Chinese, thanks to his wife. He isn’t fluent, but was able to communicate with family members during a trip to China in 2012.
Public reaction to the marriage ranged from hilarious to mean. Donald Trump advised the couple to consider a prenuptial agreement, according to The Washington Post.