Mark Zuckerberg Announces Two Month Facebook Paternity Leave Following Daughter’s Birth

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg attend the Breakthrough Prize Awards Ceremony. Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize

Even Mark Zuckerberg needs a break from Facebook from time to time. The Facebook CEO announced on Friday, Nov. 20, that he will be taking a two-month paternity leave following the birth of his first daughter with wife Priscilla.

“Priscilla and I are starting to get ready for our daughter’s arrival,” he shared on Facebook. “We’ve been picking out our favorite childhood books and toys. We’ve also been thinking about how we’re going to take time off during the first months of her life.”

Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg, 31, added that the decision was a “personal” one, and that he and Priscilla intend to be fully present for their daughter in the first few months of her life.

“Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families,” he continued. “At Facebook we offer our US employees up to 4 months of paid maternity or paternity leave which they can take throughout the year.”

The entrepreneur also shared a photo of the couple’s dog, Beast, with a yellow baby seat set up and ready for its new passenger.

“Every day things are getting a little more real for us, an we’re excited to start this next stage in our live,” he wrote.

Zuckerberg and Chan announced their happy baby news earlier this year via the tech wiz’s Facebook page, and shared portraits they took with renowned photographer Annie Leibowitz earlier this year.

The pair tied the knot in a surprise ceremony in May 2012, and reside in Palo Alto, Calif. Zuckerberg is worth an estimated $37.5 billion.

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