‘Status Update’: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Gets Married One Day After $104Bn IPO

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg married his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan on Saturday, announcing tying the knot through a status update on his Facebook page.

Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg married long-term girlfriend Priscilla Chan on Saturday, May 19, 2012 following the company's $104 Billion IPO on Friday. Photo: Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook

This is the week to end all weeks for the 28-year-old Mark Zuckerberg.

The billionaire’s wedding took place a day after Facebook’s initial public offering on the Nasdaq stock exchange on Friday.

However, according to Newser, it was no average week for his 27-year-old wife, either: Priscilla Chan graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, on Monday—which happened to be Mark Zuckerberg’s 28th birthday.

Facebook users quickly responded to the surprising news. More than 280,000 people “liked” Zuckerberg’s status change, which was accompanied by a photo of the smiling couple in wedding outfits.

In the photo, the famously casual Mr Zuckerberg changed fron his usual “hoodie” into a dark blue suit and tie. The bride is wearing a sleeveless white dress with lace overlay.

The couple met at Harvard and have been together for more than nine years, writes The Huff Post.

They tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in  in Zuckerberg’s backyard in Palo Alto, California, according to People magazine.

Zuckerberg and Chan had reportedly planned the exchange their wedding for four months, but surprised their guests, who thought they were to celebrate Chan’s recent graduation from medical school, the magazine reported.

“Everybody was shocked,” one of the guests said.

Zuckerberg designed the ring featuring “a very simple ruby” himself. Guests dined on food from couple’s favorite Palo Alto sushi restaurant, and nibbled on mouse-shaped chocolates that the couple ate on their first date nine years ago.

Zuckerberg’s sister, Arielle Zuckerberg, posted, “Balls. Now I’m the only unmarried Zuckerberg…” on her Facebook page. She is listed by Chan as a family member on the site.

Tim Carvell, lead writer for “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, responded to the news on Twitter: “Congratulations, Mark Zuckerberg! As a gift, I got you the names of all my friends, a list of my favorite movies, and some photos of me!”

Mark Zuckerberg, whose shares are worth nearly $20bn and who still retains voting control of Facebook after the IPO, marked the debut of his company’s stock at Facebook’s Silicon Valley campus on Friday, symbolically ringing the opening bell for stock trading.

The IPO did turned out to go not as well as the social networking company had hoped, with shares closing just above the offering price of $38 a share after trading glitches and a last-minute, 25pc increase in the number of shares being sold.

Facebook posted $3.7bn in revenue in 2011 and $1bn in profit. The social network has as many as 900m global users.

Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in his Harvard University dorm room eight years ago, before dropping out of the Ivy League school.

Ms Chan just graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. The couple met while at Harvard.

Neither Zuckerberg nor his wife Chan commented further about their marriage on their Facebook pages, and Facebook representatives did not immediately respond to e-mailed requests for comment on the wedding.

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