A day after his social media company’s mammoth $104 billion IPO, Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan tied the knot in a secret ceremony on Saturday at his home in Palo Alto, California, capping a busy week for the couple.
Mark announced the news where else but on Facebook by adding a life event “Married Priscilla Chan” on his timeline and updating his status to ‘married’ on Saturday afternoon.
Discarding his trademark hoodie, Zuckerberg wore a dark suit and tie, while Chan wore a sleeveless white wedding dress with lace.
The pair met during Zuckerberg’s sophomore year at Harvard University and they have been together for more than nine years.
The wedding ceremony took place in Zuckerberg’s backyard before fewer than 100 guests, including Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. The guests were earlier told that the party was meant to celebrate Chan’s graduation but were shocked after they arrived that the event was in fact a wedding. Chan graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, on Monday, the same day Mr Zuckerberg turned 28.
Food was served family-style and included dishes from the couple’s favorite Palo Alto sushi restaurant.
The two had been planning the marriage for months but were waiting until Chan had graduated to hold the wedding.
He may be a strong advocate of online openness and sharing with scant regard for web users’ desire for privacy, but Zuckerberg has long been secretive about his own personal life.
Zuckerberg founded Facebook at Harvard in 2004, in a saga which would later become the basis for Oscar-winning film The Social Network. He was named as Time’s Person of the Year in 2010, aged just 26.
Congratulations, Mark & Priscillia!