Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan released this photo they took with newborn daughter Maxima Chan Zuckerberg, along with an announcement of a multi-billion dollar charity initiative. (Courtesy Mark Zuckerberg via AP)

Scoop: Big plans for Zuckerberg, Chan after baby Max’s birth

It’s not every birth announcement that comes via Forbes and CNN’s Money, but then again, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s baby daughter isn’t just anybody.

The world’s major business news organizations reported Tuesday that the billionaire Facebook founder-CEO and his physician wife welcomed their 7-pound, 8-ounce child last week; at the same time, they pledged to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares (currently worth about $45 billion) to charity during their lifetimes.

They shared the news about their bundle of joy in a roughly 2,250-word, tastefully written letter to her posted on Facebook on Tuesday, with the themes “advancing human potential” and “promoting equality.” The note also introduced the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which, they say, initially will focus on “personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities.”

They write: “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. We’ll share more details in the coming months once we settle into our new family rhythm and return from our maternity and paternity leaves. We understand you’ll have many questions about why and how we’re doing this. As we become parents and enter this next chapter of our lives, we want to share our deep appreciation for everyone who makes this possible.”

By the way, the little one is named Maxima Chan Zuckerberg, and there’s no word on whether she was born at the Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (which received its name earlier this year after mom and dad donated $75 million), or if advertising will be sold on her diapers.

Let’s just add: No pressure, Max!


QUICK TAKES

Authorities in Southern California are searching for Eric Kohler, a 27-year-old Hollywood special effects producer on big-time movies such as “Pirates of the Caribbean,” ‘’The Avengers,” ‘’San Andreas” and “X-Men” who was last seen Nov. 24, driving his black Range Rover away from his office in Gardena. … “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Yolanda Foster, 51, and record producer David Foster, 66, are calling it quits after four years of marriage. … Courteney Cox and Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid apparently ended their engagement because the rocker felt the actress was “too close” to her male co-stars. … Celebrity gossip sites offer conflicting reports on whether Chelsea Handler is anxiously waiting in the wings to take Jimmy Fallon’s spot on the “Tonight Show” in the wake of his hard-partying.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Singer Britney Spears is 34. … Singer Nelly Furtado is 37. … Actress Lucy Liu is 47. … Novelist Ann Patchett is 52. … Novelist T. Coraghessan Boyle is 67.

— Staff, wire reports
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