Meet Mrs Facebook
By all accounts, Priscilla Chan, who married Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg this month, is a very intelligent, down to earth woman who is a great stabilizing force in her husband’s life.
Priscilla, unlike many women married to multi billionaires, does not enjoy the media attention. Despite being a Harvard graduate as well as a Doctor; she describes herself as a simple person who likes cooking and cuddly things
But there is much interest in Mrs. Facebook. In our celebrity crazed culture, everyone wants to know more about the woman who has played such a pivotal role in Zuckerberg’s life. And so New York Times has published the most detailed profile of Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg. And any such article which depends on unnamed friends and family, it is very positive. The way the media works is that the journalists are given access but attribute every quote to ‘family’ and ‘friends’ vetted by a PR team.
Some of the highlights of the article include the fact that she spent less than $5000 on her wedding dress. And the dress designer was not even aware who the dress was sold to.
The couple agreed that they would not live together, but that Mr. Zuckerberg would spend at least 100 minutes of private time with Ms. Chan a week, as well as take her on at least one date, according to “The Facebook Effect.” Indeed, Mr. Kirkpatrick reported that Mr. Zuckerberg once left a News Corp. corporate retreat, where he was a guest, explaining to the company’s chief executive, Rupert Murdoch, that he was taking Ms. Chan to a movie. The couple also agreed to vacation for two weeks yearly overseas and have since visited Dubai, Mumbai and China. A friend said they were considering a trip to Peru this year.
Despite dating, and now being married to one of the richest men in the world, Ms. Chan is unlikely to amend her pragmatic sensibilities. The person who earlier commented on their relationship recounted the following story: One day, Mr. Zuckerberg’s sister Randi was shopping with her future sister-in-law when Ms. Chan stopped to admire a pair of shoes that cost $600. Ms. Zuckerberg said, “You should get them, you have the money.” Ms. Chan, instead, put the shoes back. “It’s not my money,” she replied.
Now, that is positive PR! Cannot spend $600 on a pair of shoes because “it is not my money”.
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