by Matt Bramowicz
Despite Facebook going public on Friday, making Mark Zuckerberg an automatic billionaire, he managed to find the time to get married to his long term girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, over the weekend.
Perhaps the fanfare for such a joyous celebration was over-shadowed by Facebook’s IPO, it is still an interesting bit of news to start the week.
If anyone has seen the movie, The Social Network, then they know how calculated a person Mr. Zuckerberg tends to be. Although he has denied that the movie gave an accurate representation of his personality, and took liberties with some important facts, still, many who knew him could attest to these attributes. Just ask the Winklevoss twins and his friend Eduardo Saverin.
While the timing of everything may seem like Mark just went out and got married right away, the truth is that the couple have been dating since college. Now if my own Facebook updates from college friends have taught me anything, it’s that 7 years is a long time to wait to get married, and if Priscilla Chan is anything like the majority of the girls I went to college with, she had been saying for a number of years, “Hey Zuck…What’s up? Where’s my ring?”
With that in mind, I can’t help but wonder if the financially responsible and more calculating side of Mark Zuckerberg was postponing getting married until AFTER he earned his billions so that he could get a pre-nup, and not have to fork over as much if (God forbid) they decide to divorce. I’m not saying that’s not a smart move on Mark’s part. As Kanye West has taught us, there are a lot of gold diggers out there.
All kidding aside, I don’t think that’s the case with Priscilla. Afterall, she just graduated from med school and would be able to make plenty of money on her own. But again, we’re talking BILLIONS of dollars. Money makes people do crazy and awful things to loved ones and even family members, as I’ve had the unfortunate displeasure of experiencing in my own life over just a little bit of money. Perhaps that experience has jaded me a bit on money and the power of love, or maybe it’s just the harsh truth to accept in the world we live in. Regardless, I don’t blame Mr. Zuckerberg for protecting his fortune if that is the case (I’m not saying it is, but it crossed my mind).
In Mark’s defense, a guest at the wedding claims that the couple had always planned to get married right after Priscilla finished medical school and the timing with the IPO was merely coincidental, according to the Associated Press.
But what’s even more interesting though is that Zuckerberg gave Chan a ring he had made with a “simple ruby” although he could have easily bought her one that puts the Hope diamond to shame. Perhaps money isn’t what drives him at all. His wardrobe of choice is a hooded sweatshirt and jeans, after all. It could be that the money is secondary in importance to just the knowledge that he has succeeded and put all of his detractors to shame. On his business card he even put, “I’m CEO, Bitch“. He did it, and most of all, he did it his way. This, therefore, would make sense that it would follow suit in matters of the heart. Whether it’s a simple or expensive ring, pre-nup or no pre-nup, it’s clear that Mark Zuckerberg does what many people in his position don’t, and that’s stick to his principles.
So you have to give credit where credit is due.