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Mark Zuckerberg‘s wife, Priscilla Chan, did her first television interview with Today‘s Savannah Guthrie, where she opened up about her marriage, their dog and her husband’s famous hoodie collection.
The couple pledged $120 million to the San Francisco school district on Friday, and the former grade school teacher and recent medical school graduate revealed why education is so important to her.
Admitting that she avoids the limelight, Chan, who grew up in Quincy, Mass., told Today: “I grew up as the child of two immigrant [Chinese-Vietnamese] parents who left their home country in refugee boats.
“My mom working two jobs throughout my childhood, my grandparents not speaking English … so it was my job to interpret for them,” she said, admitting that as a child, she “was really uptight.”
“Education is an incredibly personal issue for me,” Chan said. “If you’re the first generation to go to college, sometimes you don’t realize your potential until others point it out.” For her, those individuals were her public school teachers, whom she credits with “getting me excited about learning.” They also encouraged her to go to Harvard.
When she met Zuckerberg at a Harvard fraternity party, she admits that she thought “he was this really interesting guy but not that studious.… on our first date he said he would rather go on a date with me than finish his take-home midterm,” she said.
“The type A first child in me was appalled!”
Nonetheless, the couple married in May 2012. Chan went on to reveal that currently the only child in their family is Beast, a shaggy Hungarian sheepdog with his own Facebook page. “The dog is [Zuckerberg’s] second priority after Facebook,” she joked, saying that she comes in third.
Aside from his digital empire, a hot topic that always surrounds Zuckerberg is his collection of hoodies, but his well-dressed wife says she doesn’t mind his casual wardrobe. “I’m pro-hoodie. He wears a fresh hoodie every day so that pretty much meets my lowest barrier for him,” she revealed.
“He has graduated to a nicer hoodie. The main quality about this hoodie that’s nicer is that it’s softer, so he’s really excited about that,” she told Guthrie. “I’m happy with whatever he wants to wear, as long as it’s appropriate for where we’re going. So he can’t wear it to weddings. And he can’t wear it to baby showers. But he can do whatever else he wants.”
As for being described as the first lady of Facebook and the Kate Middleton of social media, Chan said that is cringe-inducing, and she would rather be known for her work with Bay Area schools.
Watch a clip from the interview below.
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