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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg leads list of most generous Americans

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a billionaire, and wants to share the wealth, according to a list of top U.S. donors in 2013.

Published Mon, Feb 10 2014 3:11 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan became the youngest couple to lead the list of biggest U.S. donors, thanks to a gift of 18 million Facebook shares awarded to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The lump sum gift was close to $1 billion, with a large amount aimed towards education and healthcare.

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Zuckerberg and Chan were No. 2 on the list in 2012, with a heavy emphasis on developing Northern California and U.S. infrastructure.

Contributions from the top 50 philanthropists in the U.S. topped $7.7 billion, along with $2.9 in promised pledges. A recovering economy and a friendlier stock market has allowed Silicon Valley tech leaders to increase donations - an unwritten expectation among the wealthiest U.S. business leaders.

NEWS SOURCE:money.cnn.com

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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