Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield and Away’s Jen Rubio just had their first child together. Here are 13 other power couples who rule the tech world.

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Snap CEO Evan Spiegel and wife Miranda Kerr.

  • Slack’s Stewart Butterfield and Away’s Jen Rubio just had their first child together.
  • They’re among over a dozen other leaders in the tech industry in relationships with powerful people.
  • Some, like Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott, and Bill and Melinda Gates, have recently split up.
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As the singer Grimes, Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s girlfriend, might say, we appreciate power.

While some tech leaders, like Mark Zuckerberg, have been with their partners since college, notable figures in the tech sector have gravitated toward partners with just as much – or more! – power and pull in their industries.

Some are becoming new parents: This month, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield and Jen Rubio, the CEO of luggage startup Away, announced the birth of their first child together. The couple got engaged in May 2019, but postponed a planned wedding in Peru after the pandemic hit.

Others, sadly, have broken up: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, now MacKenzie Scott, announced in early 2019 that they were getting a divorce. And one of the most famous power couples in the world, Bill and Melinda Gates, are now headed for divorce as well.

Still, there are 14 other notable couples that hail from Silicon Valley who are still going strong.

Jen Rubio and Stewart Butterfield

Who they are: Rubio is the CEO of luggage startup Away, and Butterfield in the cofounder and CEO of work messaging platform Slack.

Their backstory: The relationship between Rubio and Butterfield initially flew under the radar, but it came under the spotlight in May 2019 when Butterfield jokingly proposed to Rubio on Twitter. Butterfield’s Twitter proposal followed news that Away had landed a $1.4 billion valuation, and the Slack CEO joked he wasn’t “just a goldigger.”

Butterfield and Rubio both acknowledged the proposal was a joke after a few hours. They got engaged for real that Memorial Day and announced the birth of their first child together, Oliver, in May 2021.

Emily Weiss and Will Gaybrick

So, a week ago, we got engaged. (!) Even during the wildest most uncertain times, there are silver linings. ❤️

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Who they are: Weiss is the cofounder and CEO of online makeup company Glossier. Gaybrick is the chief product officer at payments platform Stripe. Glossier is valued at more than $1 billion, while Stripe is the most valuable US startup with a valuation of $95 billion

Their backstory: Not a whole lot about their relationship has been shared publicly. The couple made their relationship public in an Instagram post from New Years Day of 2019, then announced their engagement in a post in March 2020

“Even during the wildest most uncertain times, there are silver linings,” Weiss wrote in the caption for the Instagram photo. Their engagement came just as the World Health Organization classified the coronavirus as a “pandemic.”

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr

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Who they are: Spiegel is the cofounder and CEO of Snap Inc., Snapchat’s parent company. Kerr was, at one time, one of the highest-earning models in the world, and is currently the founder of wellness company KORA Organics.

Their backstory: The couple started dating in 2015, and got married in May 2017. They have one son, Hart, who was born in May 2018, and another son, Myles, who was born in October 2019. Kerr also has a son, Flynn, from her previous relationship with actor Orlando Bloom.

Sergey Brin and Nicole Shanahan

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Who they are: Brin is the cofounder of Google. Shanahan is the founder of law-tech company ClearAccessIP and the Bia-Echo Foundation.

Their backstory: The couple has been linked since 2015, when they were seen together at the star-studded wedding for a dating app CEO in Jamaica. The couple reportedly have a baby girl together who was born in late 2018, although they’ve kept information about their child under wraps. Brin has two other children from his previous marriage to 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki.

It was revealed in October 2019 that Brin and Shanahan have been married since 2018, but there were no other details made public about the wedding.

Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner

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Who they are: Kushner is the founder of venture capital firm Thrive Capital and is the cofounder of health insurance startup Oscar Health. Kloss is a prominent model who runs coding camps for young girls called Kode with Klossy.

Their backstory: Kloss and Kushner reportedly started dating in 2012. The couple got married in October 2018 in a small ceremony, then got married again in June 2019 on a ranch in Wyoming. In March, the couple announced the birth of their first child, Levi. 

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

Who they are: Zuckerberg is the CEO and cofounder of Facebook. Chan is a former pediatrician. Together, the couple launched the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropy focused on science and education.

Their backstory: Zuckerberg and Chan are college sweethearts — they met in 2003 while they were students at Harvard University. In May 2012, the day after Facebook went public, they got married in a surprise ceremony. The couple has two daughters together, Max and August, who were born in 2015 and 2017.

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian

Serena Williams. right, and husband Alexis Ohanian

Who they are: Ohanian is the cofounder of Reddit, and later cofounded the VC firm Initialized Capital. Williams is one of the best tennis players in the world, and ranks third on the all-time list of most winning players with 39 major tournament titles. In 2014, Williams launched her own investment firm, Serena Ventures, to invest in companies like Billie, Tonal, and Daily Harvest.

Their backstory: The couple met in May 2015 in Rome, and started dating that same year. They got engaged at the end of 2016 at the same place in Rome where they had first met. Williams gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, in 2017, and they got married later that year.

Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue

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Who they are: Mayer is the former CEO of Yahoo, and the cofounder of software company Sunshine. Prior to Yahoo, she was Google’s 20th employee. Bogue is a cofounder and managing partner at the investment firm DCVC.

Their backstory: The couple met through a mutual friend in 2007, and got married two years later. Mayer announced her first pregnancy in 2012 on the same day she was publicly named Yahoo’s CEO. She gave birth to identical twin girls in 2015.

Marc Benioff and Lynne Benioff

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Who they are: Marc Benioff is the founder and CEO of enterprise cloud company Salesforce. Lynne Benioff is a notable philanthropist who serves on the board of the nonprofit ONE, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, the Benioff Ocean Initiative, and others.

Their backstory: The Benioffs were married in 2006, although details of their Hawaiian wedding were kept under wraps. In 2018, the couple bought Time Magazine together for $190 million.

Dave Morin and Brit Morin

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Who they are: David Morin helped to create Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect, and cofounded Path, a now-defunct photo-based platform. He’s currently an investor with VC firm Offline Ventures. Brit Morin is the founder of Brit + Co., a popular lifestyle media company for millennial women.

Their backstory: The pair first met when they both were working at Apple years ago. They got engaged in 2011 after an elaborate proposal set in the Maldives, and got married the following year.

Kevin Hartz and Julia Hartz

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Who they are: Kevin Hartz and Julia Hartz cofounded the ticketing company Eventbrite in 2006. He is currently a chairman at the company, while she serves as CEO.

Their backstory: The couple met back in 2003 at a mutual friend’s wedding. In a 2012 interview with Business Insider, Julia Hartz said that “we knew we wanted to start a company together before we lived together.” The pair got married in 2006, and now have two children.

Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg

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Who they are: Diller founded the Internet company IAC in 1995, and now serves as a chairman for that company and for Expedia. Furstenberg is a lauded fashion designer who first rose to fame after marrying into a royal German family.

Their backstory: The couple got married in 2001, but have had an on-and-off relationship and friendship that’s spanned more than 40 years. They first met in the 1970s at a party Diller was hosting.

Paul Graham and Jessica Livingston

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Who they are: Graham and Livingston helped found Y Combinator, a wildly successful startup accelerator program that’s produced companies like Dropbox, Airbnb, and Stripe.

Their backstory: The pair started Y Combinator in 2005 while they were already dating. They got married in 2008, and now have two sons.

Diane Greene and Mendel Rosenblum

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Diane Greene, CEO of the Google Cloud Platform.

Who they are: Greene and Rosenblum both helped found the cloud computing software company VMware in 1998. They also cofounded the cloud startup Bebop, which Google acquired in 2015. Greene was put in charge of Google’s cloud computing unit, and later sat on Alphabet’s board of directors. Greene is now chairman of the MIT Corporation, which is Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s board of trustees.

Their backstory: The couple met while attending the University of California, Berkeley, when Rosenblum gave Greene a ride on his motorcycle. They have two children together.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth has grown over $40 billion in the last year alone. Here’s how the 36-year-old Facebook CEO makes and spends his $114 billion fortune.

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Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg.

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune passed $100 billion last year, making him one of eight centi-billionaires.
  • Zuckerberg drives an affordable car and wears basic clothes, but appears to splurge on real estate.
  • Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, also invest in childhood education and medical research.
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It’s been a challenging year for Mark Zuckerberg.

He’s testified before lawmakers on multiple occasions, attempted to quash coronavirus misinformation on Facebook, and suspended President Donald Trump from the platform. And earlier this month, 533 million Facebook users’ personal data and phone numbers were leaked online.

At the same time, Zuckerberg is richer than he’s ever been. Last summer, after Facebook launched an Instagram feature to compete with TikTok in the US, Zuckerberg’s personal net worth reached over $100 million for the first time.

These days, his fortune has reached $114 billion.

Keep reading to learn more about how the Facebook cofounder makes and spends his centibillion-dollar fortune.

Taylor Nicole Rogers contributed to an earlier version of this story.

In May 2012, eight years after its founding, Facebook debuted on the New York Stock Exchange. At the time, it was the biggest technology IPO in history.

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Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen on a screen televised from their headquarters in Menlo Park moments after their IPO launch in New York May 18, 2012.

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Most of Zuckerberg’s fortune is derived from his 13% stake in Facebook. While Facebook spent more than $25 million on him in 2020 alone, his take-home pay is just $1.

Mark Zuckerberg

Source: Bloomberg, Business Insider

Despite his status as one of the richest tech moguls, the 36-year-old Harvard dropout leads a low-key lifestyle with his wife, Priscilla Chan, and their two young daughters.

Mark Zuckerberg Priscilla Chan

Like many other Silicon Valley stalwarts, Zuckerberg doesn’t dress in flashy suits – he keeps things simple in jeans, t-shirts, and sweaters. But they’re reportedly much more expensive than they look, retailing for hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars.

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Source: Business Insider, GQ

Zuckerberg is known for driving relatively inexpensive cars. He’s been seen in an Acura TSX and a Honda Fit, both of which are valued at or under $30,000.

Mark Zuckerberg in his car

Sources: Business Insider, CNBC

He’s also been spotted driving a black Volkswagen Golf GTI, a car that he bought well after making his fortune. That car would cost about $30,000 new.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

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But he has dropped serious cash on at least one sports car: an Italian Pagani Huayra that sells for about $1.3 million.

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Mark Zuckerberg and a Pagani Huayra. Not Zuckerberg’s actual car.

Source: Business Insider; Yahoo

There’s one thing Zuckerberg doesn’t seem to mind splurging on: real estate. In May 2011, he bought a 5,000-square-foot home in Palo Alto for $7 million. He’s since tricked it out with a “custom-made artificially intelligent assistant.”

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Source: San Francisco Chronicle, CNBC

The next year, Zuckerberg began buying the properties surrounding his home, spending more than $30 million to acquire four homes, with plans to level them and rebuild.

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He also owns a townhouse in the Mission District of San Francisco. He bought the 5,500-square-foot home in 2013 and proceeded to make over $1 million in renovations, including adding a greenhouse and remodeling the kitchen.

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People are seen at Dolores Park in the Mission District in San Francisco in May 2020.

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In 2014, the billionaire’s real-estate portfolio jumped the Pacific when he spent $100 million on two properties on the island of Kauai: the Kahu’aina Plantation, a 357-acre former sugarcane plantation, and Pila’a Beach, a 393-acre property with a white-sand beach.

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A beach in Kauai, Hawaii.

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But the couple’s presence in Hawaii has drawn backlash over the years: In 2016, Zuckerberg angered neighbors by constructing a 6-foot wall around his property, and in 2017, Zuckerberg filed suit against Hawaiian families who had legal-ownership claims on parcels of land within his property. Though he dropped the suit, residents accused him of “neocolonialism.”

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A rainbow at Shipwreck’s Beach in Kauai.

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Zuckerberg has also shelled out for two lakefront properties on Lake Tahoe, which cost a combined $59 million. One of the houses, called the Brushwood Estate, spans 5,233 square feet on six acres of land. The property features a guest house and a private dock.

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Between his two Lake Tahoe properties, Zuckerberg owns about 600 feet of private shoreline on Lake Tahoe’s west shore.

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When Zuckerberg buys properties, he tends to buy the other homes surrounding it for privacy reasons, just as he did in Palo Alto.

Mark Zuckerberg

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Zuckerberg doesn’t appear to travel much for pleasure. But when he traverses the globe for work, Facebook foots the bill: Security for Zuckerberg and his family cost the company $23 million in 2020, according to the company’s most recent proxy statement.

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But Zuckerberg’s travel mostly ground to a halt in 2020. He appeared to spend a lot of his time in Hawaii, riding a $12,000 electric surfboard and kayaking with his family.

 

Source: Business Insider, Daily Mail

But ultimately, opulence and luxury are just a blip on Zuckerberg’s radar. In fact, his main priority seems to be giving his money away, rather than spending it.

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Zuckerberg has signed onto the Giving Pledge, joining Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and over 200 other millionaires and billionaires who have vowed to donate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. He plans to sell 99% of his Facebook shares during his lifetime.

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Zuckerberg said in September 2017 that he planned to sell 35 to 75 million shares over the following 18 months to fund the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, totaling between $6 billion and $12 billion.

Mark Zuckerberg

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is a philanthropic organization Zuckerberg founded with his wife in 2015 focused on “personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people, and building strong communities.” CZI has awarded roughly $2 billion in grants over the years.

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Source: Business Insider, CZI

CZI is invested in tackling both local and global issues. In 2020, for example, the organization poured $4.2 million into a jobs program for residents of Kauai and committed $1 million to help the region battle the coronavirus. CZI has also contributed millions in the last year to causes like criminal justice reform and affordable housing.

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Source: Business Insider, CZI

Zuckerberg and Chan have also poured billions into research focused on curing the world’s diseases by the end of the century. In order to accomplish this lofty goal, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative launched a nonprofit called Biohub to start looking into the cure for disease, including research on genomics, infectious diseases, and implantable devices.

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Zuckerberg believes that Biohub will help speed up research to cure disease, telling The New Yorker in 2018 that “we’ll basically have been able to manage or cure all of the major things that people suffer from and die from today. Based on the data that we already see, it seems like there’s a reasonable shot.”

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Source: The New Yorker

Last August, the launch of a new Instagram feature designed to compete with TikTok sent both the company’s share price and Zuckerberg’s net worth to new heights. The move caused Zuckerberg’s net worth to exceed $100 million for the first time, making him one of only a few centi-billionaires on Earth. These days, he’s worth $114 billion.

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Zuckerberg.

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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan poured $4.2 million into a jobs program for residents of the Hawaiian county where they own a controversial $100 million compound

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

  • Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, donated $4.2 million to a jobs program in Hawaii.
  • The program helps Kauai residents who lost their jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Zuckerberg spent much of last year at his controversial $100 million compound in Kauai.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are pouring $4.2 million into a jobs program for residents of the Hawaiian county where they own a controversial $100 million compound.

Called the Rise to Work program, the initiative was created in 2020 for residents of the county of Kauai who lost their jobs amid the pandemic. But the program was funded by the initial economic stimulus bill last year and the funding expired this past December. Now, the program is being revived thanks to Zuckerberg and Chan’s donation.

Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami said in a statement about the funding that he had shared with the Chan Zuckerberg team how successful the previous iteration of the program had been, and it eventually led to a donation from the couple.

“Through Priscilla’s and Mark’s generous donation of $4.2 million to the Hawaii Community Foundation, the Rise to Work program lives again – offering purpose and hope to people who are struggling,” Kawakami said.

Applications for the program opened on Monday. The program can support up to 400 workers – those who are selected will be placed in temporary jobs and will receive weekly pay and free health insurance. The program also helps local businesses, the county says, because it allows them to increase capacity without adding to their payroll costs.

“Our family cares deeply about Kauai, and we are pleased to support this valuable program that has far-reaching positive effects in a community we love,” Chan said in a statement.

Zuckerberg and Chan have been residents of Kauai since 2014, when they purchased a 750-acre compound on Kauai’s North Shore. They paid a reported $100 million for two separate properties: a 357-acre former sugarcane plantation called Kahu’aina Plantation, and a 393-acre parcel called Pila’a Beach.

While the couple and their two daughters are typically based in Palo Alto, California, near Facebook’s headquarters, it appears they’ve been spending time at their Hawaii home throughout the pandemic. They were seen on the island in June – government officials confirmed the family followed the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine at the time – and Zuckerberg was spotted in July riding a $12,000 electric surfboard while covered in sunscreen. He was photographed again in December, albeit this time with less visible sunscreen.

In April, Zuckerberg and Chan committed $1 million to Kauai to help the region battle the coronavirus.

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But the couple’s presence on the island has been controversial in the past. In 2016, Zuckerberg angered neighbors by constructing a 6-foot wall around his property with the intention of reducing “highway and road noise.”

One year later, Zuckerberg filed suit against Hawaiian families who had legal-ownership claims on parcels of land within his property. Zuckerberg said at the time that he filed the suit in order to “make sure smaller partial owners get paid for their fair share too,” but the move prompted backlash from residents who described the move as “neocolonialism.”

Zuckerberg later dropped the suit, saying that he and Chan wanted to “make this right, talk with the community, and find a better approach.” The parcels were later auctioned off, with three out of four being sold to a bidder who was reportedly backed by Zuckerberg.

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Officials condemned the naming of a San Francisco hospital after Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, saying misinformation on Facebook endangered public health

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Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg.

  • San Francisco officials on Tuesday passed a resolution formally condemning the naming of a local hospital after Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan.
  • The hospital was renamed the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital after a $75 million donation from the billionaires in 2015.
  • The officials said Facebook had endangered public health by allowing misinformation to spread.
  • “San Francisco’s only public hospital should not bear the name of a person responsible for endangering public health in our country and around the world — and yet it does,” Gordon Mar, the lead sponsor of the measure, said, per Vox.
  • But the vote has no legal power, meaning the hospital doesn’t have to change its name.
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San Francisco officials on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning the naming of a local hospital after Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan,

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted overwhelming in favor of the resolution to condemn the name, accusing the couple of tax evasion, and Facebook of “endangering public health” by allowing misinformation to spread on its platform.

After a $75 million donation from the billionaires in 2015, San Francisco General Hospital was renamed the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

The vote has no legal power, meaning the hospital doesn’t have to change its name. A 50-year-long name change came as part of the donation, Vox reported, and changing it back could contractually oblige the hospital to return the $75 million donation.

“San Francisco’s only public hospital should not bear the name of a person responsible for endangering public health in our country and around the world – and yet it does,” Gordon Mar, the lead sponsor of the measure, said per Vox. “These are policy choices, and they have a body count.”

Demand to change the name started years ago, but hospital staff began to campaign more actively this summer.

Zuckerberg and Chan’s $75 million donation is being distributed in installments through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). The resolution noted that funds such as these have come under fire “for functioning as tax shelters to offset capital gains taxes from appreciating stock values following events like initial public offerings.”

It added that Chan and Zuckerberg’s first donation to the SVCF closely coincided with Facebook’s IPO, “likely saving the Donors tens of millions of dollars in capital gains taxes,” it said.

“The City and County of San Francisco should discourage, not publicly reward, tax evasion,” the board said.

Approximately 90% of the $1.244 billion construction and furnishing costs for the hospital were paid for by San Francisco taxpayers, it added.

Facebook, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the SVCF did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

Zuckerberg has previously spoken out in favor of tax reform in Europe, and said Facebook “accept[s] that may mean we have to pay more tax and pay it in different places under a new framework.”

Discussing effort across Europe to introduce digital taxes, a Facebook spokesperson similarly told Business Insider that it continues to “encourage governments globally to focus on international tax reform because ultimately we need a global solution.”

The company has denied any wrongdoing in previous tax disputes.

Facebook has also introduced new policies to try to crack down on misinformation during 2020. It is working with fact-checking groups to curb the spread of posts sharing vaccine misinformation, has banned posts falsely claiming that the vaccine contains microchips, and added labels to – and actively demoted – false election posts.

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The board’s resolution also urged the city’s officials to establish clear standards for naming rights for public institutions “that reflect San Francisco’s values and a commitment to affirming and upholding human rights, dignity, and social and racial justice.”

The board also listed other controversies Facebook has become embroiled in since the hospital was renamed, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the spread of misinformation about the election and COVID-19 on the platform, and its refusal to remove posts by President Donald Trump “that incited hatred and violence against African Americans.”

Kim Meredith, CEO of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, expressed concerns that the resolution “has potential unintended consequences of discouraging future donations.”

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