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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg welcomed his first child, a baby girl named Maxima, earlier this week, and he's celebrating in a pretty unconventional way.

Forget 'wetting the baby's head' with a few pints or sending around a family photo – instead, Mark's giving away a fairly large chunk of his income.

Practically all of it, to be frank. Yes, Mark and his wife Priscilla have pledged 99% of their Facebook shares (approx. €42.4billion) to charitable initiatives, to help create a better world for little Max and "all children."

The entrepreneur announced the news – and his daughter's birth – with a Facebook post last night.

"Priscilla and I are so happy to welcome our daughter Max into this world!" he wrote alongside a family photo.

"For her birth, we wrote a letter to her about the world we hope she grows up in….We are committed to doing our small part to help create this world for all children.

"We will give 99% of our Facebook shares during our lives to join many others in improving this world for the next generation."

Unsurprisingly Mark's wide-reaching statement has already come under some scrutiny, with critics of the plan pointing out there are many loopholes for Mark and Priscilla.

The money will be shared through a company, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, rather than a charity, meaning it "will be able to spend its money on whatever it wants, including private, profit-generating investment," according to Gawker.

Right now though, the real question for us is… can baby Maxima ever beat Mark and Priscilla's dog Beast in the cuteness stakes?

We think not.



While most celebrities marked Thanksgiving with some kind of turkey-related photo, Mark Zuckerberg shared a far more entertaining snap with his followers.

The Facebook founder, who is expecting his first child with wife Priscilla Chan, gave us all the cute-dog feels on Saturday when he shared an epic photo of his dog Beast

Mark and Priscilla's fluffy pooch is a Puli (Hungarian Sheepdog), who they adopted in 2011 from Oregon. as well as pretty much dominating Mark's Instagram feed, Beast also has his own Facebook page with over 2million followers.

And a flick through these photos should prove why you should get clicking that 'Like' button too. Here are just 11 times Beast was the coolest dog around…

1. Totally upstaging Mark and Priscilla's pregnancy announcement in July


2. Celebrating his first birthday like a BOSS with a celebratory bone


3. Out for a jog


4. Having a little think


5. Blending into the bath like a mo-fo


6. Still looking cool post-bath


7. Being the most adorable Halloween puppy around


8. Actually, scratch that, being the most adorable puppy around, period.


9. Hanging out with Priscilla


10. Ready to pounce on his masso new piece of bone


11. And saying goodbye to his Mama before leaving Oregon for California

*All photos via Beast's Facebook page


Mark Zuckerberg and Dr Priscilla Chan are expecting their first child together, he announced today – on Facebook, of course.

The baby, a girl, will arrive later this year. 

In a picture which accompanied the online post, Mark and a radiant Priscilla can be seen standing alongside their beloved pup, a Hungarian sheepdog named Beast.

Mr Zuckerberg, one of the world's richest men with a net worth of €42.5bn, also opened up about Priscilla's three heartbreaking miscarriages. 

"We've been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way," he admitted,

In a candid confession, the 31-year-old continued: "You feel so hopeful when you learn you're going to have a child. You start imagining who they'll become and dreaming of hopes for their future.

"You start making plans, and then they're gone. It's a lonely experience.

"Most people don't discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you – as if you're defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own."

However, Mark added that when he began to open up about their experiences to friends and family, he realised they were far from alone. And thankfully, he also learned that "nearly all" went on to have "healthy children after all".

Dr Chan, 30, is a qualified doctor who is currently training to become a paediatrician. She is fluent in three languages – English, Spanish, and Cantonese.

"Our good news is that our pregnancy is now far enough along that the risk of loss is very low and we are very hopeful," the Facebook CEO also said. 

"Cilla and our child are both healthy, I'm extremely excited to meet her and our dog Beast has no idea what's coming.

"In our ultrasound, she even gave me a thumbs up 'like' with her hand, so I'm already convinced she takes after me."

He concluded with: "We're looking forward to welcoming her into the world and sharing more soon when she's ready to come out and meet everyone!"

The couple met as Harvard classmates – queuing for the bathroom at a fraternity party – and dated for nearly a decade before their May 2012 wedding.