Mark Zuckerberg And His Wife Announce They’ll Donate $3 BILLION To ‘Cure All Disease’ In Ultimate Power Move
Marky Mark Zuckerberg has pockets deeper than Johnny Cash’s voice. The 32-year-old billionaire founder and CEO of Facebook is the youngest billionaire in the world, worth an estimated $51.8 billion. He’s actually made more money per day of living than anybody else on the planet, raking in a mind-boggling $4.4 million for every day he’s been alive, per CNBC. Just last month, Facebook released their giant second-quarter earnings, resulting in Facebook’s stock to soar, which translated to Zuckerberg personally infusing $3.4 BILLION in just over ONE hour to his bank account.
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged more than $3 billion toward a plan to ‘cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children’s lifetime,’ Metro reports.
Zuckerberg and Chan, a former pediatrician, made the announcement at an event attended by the likes of Bill Gates, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.
‘Today, just four kinds of diseases cause the majority of deaths,’ Zuckerberg added in a posting on his Facebook page, citing cancer, heart disease, infectious diseases and neurological diseases. ‘We can make progress on all of them with the right technology.’
The plan includes creating a bioscience research center, called the Biohub, developing a chip to diagnose diseases, and ways to monitor the bloodstream continuously and map cell types in the body. [via Metro]
Two initial Biohub projects will be a Cell Atlas, a map of cells controlling the body’s major organs, and the Infectious Disease Initiative to develop new tools, tests, vaccines and strategies for fighting diseases such as HIV, Ebola and Zika.
At just 32 years old, it shouldn’t be surprising that Zuckerberg’s philanthropic contributions will eventually eclipse that of Bill and Melinda Gates, whose foundation to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty is the largest private foundation in the world. Their endowment as of December 2014 was $44 billion.
Good on you, Zuckerberg. And, if you’re looking to unload any more cash, I’m on Venmo and late on rent again this month.