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Scoop: Zuckerberg, Chan pledge $3 billion toward ending disease

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his pediatrician wife Priscilla Chan have a big agenda — and it’s nothing less than ridding the world of disease.

On Wednesday, he posted on Facebook: “Together we can cure disease by the end of the century. Are you in? Can we help scientists to cure, prevent or manage all diseases within our children’s lifetime?”

At a San Francisco news conference on Wednesday, the billionaire couple announced that their philanthropic Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will invest $3 billion in the next decade toward “curing, managing or preventing all disease,” USA Today reported.

A teary-eyed Chan said the experience of telling parents that their child had an incurable condition or could not be revived has made her particularly determined to work with scientists to build new tools and technologies that will save lives.

Among the immediate actions is funding for a $600 million research center in San Francisco called the Biohub, a partnership with UC San Francisco, Stanford University and UC Berkeley to be led by neurobiologist Cori Bargmann of New York’s Rockefeller University. Its initial research will involve mapping different types of cells that control the body’s major organs, and exploring new ways to create drugs and diagnostic methods to fight infectious disease.

In December, soon after their daughter Maxima Chan Zuckerberg was born, the couple announced they would give most of their fortune to the initiative to “advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation.”

So far, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has invested in an African coding start-up called Andela and Indian education start-up Byju, according to USA Today.

BRANGELINA’S ASSETS

So what will happen with their $500 million worth of stuff, now that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are ending their marriage?

No one knows. And it remains unclear if the pair — who were wed in 2014 — have a prenuptial agreement. What?!!

“We would expect that given all the money the two of them have, they can both maintain the marital standard of living equally and they probably don’t need money from the other one to support their children,” Southern California family law attorney Steve Mindel told People, adding that the way Jolie filed indicates “that she has not requested spousal support from Brad because she can support herself without Brad’s help.”

However, Mindel and Jacqueline Newman, a New York attorney who handles high-profile clients, both say the couple aren’t likely to face off in public.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Tatiana Maslany is 31. … Actress Bonnie Hunt is 55. … Actor Scott Baio is 56. … Singer Andrea Bocelli is 58. … Singer Joan Jett is 58. … Singer Debby Boone is 60. — Staff, wire reports

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