#439 December 04, 2015 – Zuckerberg to donate $45 Billion to Save Our Future

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 2.29.02 PMFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan posted an open letter to their new baby daughter, Max, explaining why they plan to give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares — worth about US$45 billion currently — to philanthropic causes. The couple intend to make the donations gradually over the course of their lives. “Technological progress in every field means your life should be dramatically better than ours today,” they wrote. “We will do our part to make this happen not only because we love you, but also because we have a moral responsibility to all children in the next generation. … “Our society has an obligation to invest now to improve the lives of all those coming into this world, not just those already here.”


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in Information Security News…

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and in Tech Industry news…

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