We’ve all seen it — the post claiming that Mark Zuckerberg is giving away his fortune to a select group of random Facebook users. All you have to do is copy and paste the message to be in with a chance of winning!
Sorry, but it’s just not true — as now confirmed by Zuck himself.
On Sunday, the Facebook founder and CEO announced his New Year’s resolution: to build an AI to help out with his work and home life. In the comments below his Facebook post, someone asked him whether he was really “giving away the million dollars.”
His response was unequivocal: “The meme going around saying we’re giving away money to random people is false.”
It was pretty obvious that the rumour wasn’t true, even before this. But now we have confirmation straight from the horse’s mouth.
That’s not to say Zuckerberg isn’t generous, however. He is giving away money — lots of it. He has pledged to give away 99% of his fortune over the course of his lifetime, aiming to “improve education, health, science and more for the world.”
Zuckerberg announced the philanthropy initiative in December 2015, after the birth of his daughter Max.
“As you begin the next generation of the Chan Zuckerberg family,” he wrote in an open letter to Max, “we also begin the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to join people across the world to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation. Our initial areas of focus will be personalised learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities.
“We will give 99% of our Facebook shares — currently about $45 billion — during our lives to advance this mission. We know this is a small contribution compared to all the resources and talents of those already working on these issues. But we want to do what we can, working alongside many others.”
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