Mark Zuckerberg gives $500 million to charity
It was a topsy-turvy year for Mark Zuckerberg, the failed Jesse Eisenberg impersonator currently employed as the CEO of Facebook. On one hand, he acquired buzzy start-up Instagram and got married; on the other hand, the lawsuit-plagued Facebook IPO was a disappointment, and also Instagram has totally sold out to the man, man. Zuckerberg also fell a truly embarrassing 22 spots on the Forbes list of the Richest People in America. Fortunately, per the last census, that still makes him richer than 311,591,882 in America. And earlier today, Zuckerberg reaffirmed his devotion to the noble cause of “not being a horrible rich person” by giving roughly half a billion dollars to charity.
On his Facebook page, Zuckerberg announced that he and his wife Priscilla contributed 18 million Facebook shares to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation — worth about $498.9, according to THR. This impossibly noble gesture was immediately greeted by almost 200 thousand likes, and also various helpful comments from Facebook users noting that Zuckerberg should also give money to Native Americans, juvenile mental health facilities, Philadelphia schools, spinal cord injuries, East Palo Alto, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Brazil, Africa, children with autism, countries that can’t afford to have schools, and veterans’ charities.
There were also a couple of comments to the effect of “Something something Instagram snark snark snark.” Merry Christmas, Internet!
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