What Matters Most

On December 1, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla, posted a letter to their new daughter, Max, that described their hopes for her future. In it they pledged to give 99% of their Facebook shares – currently valued at about $45 billion – during their lives to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation. They will do this through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, with the initial focus on “personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities.”

Their extraordinary pledge garnered worldwide media attention and acclaim. And while the value of their gift is equally amazing, it arises from the same impulse that every parent on earth has undoubtedly felt – the desire to make the world a safer, more welcoming place of love and opportunity for their children.

Mark and Priscilla’s action is a fresh reminder that what matters most is not our wealth, but the legacy we leave for our children, our grandchildren, and generations yet to come.

You can read the letter here: A Letter to Our Daughter.


Ron Ware


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