Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, gave a rare, inside look into their personal lives, revealing that their two young daughters have chores and how they deal with work-life balance.
The billionaire couple invited “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King and a camera crew into their sprawling home in Palo Alto, California, for the first time — as the embattled Facebook founder finds himself under fire for allowing fake ads to run on the social media platform.
The two discussed juggling family life and work while raising their daughters, Max, 4, and August, 2.
“First of all, we don’t give them everything. So I think that that’s an important piece. But they also just have responsibilities,” Zuckerberg, 35, told King in the special. “They have chores.”
Chan, 34, said they also take the girls to work “to see sort of what we do, how we contribute.”
The longtime couple, who met while on line for the bathroom a party at Harvard University, runs the philanthropic Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
“I mean, work comes home,” Chan said. “We care deeply about our work. And so we don’t leave it at the door. But we are super careful about thinking about, ‘Is this the moment to talk about it?’”
But Zuckerberg and Chan make an effort to leave work at work on their weekly date night.
“No work talk,” Chan said.
Chan, a pediatrician, admitted that it gets “hard” to emotionally manage her husband’s role helming the social media giant.
“The way your gut feels when your best friend … comes home, and it’s, like, ‘Hard day. Not sure what needs to come next.’ Or, you know, waking up at night and being like, ‘He’s still not in bed,’” she told King. “And so I see that. I also see that we’re still so fortunate. Like, the touchstone of our family and our kids and just knowing that we are — we’re OK.”
The two cracked jokes during the sit-down about Zuckerberg taking Mandarin lessons one year.
“What did that mean to you when he did that, Priscilla?” King asked Chan.
Zuckerberg chimed in, “Maybe a little frustrated that my Mandarin was better than yours for a little bit,” as Chan laughed.
“Your Mandarin was better than mine, briefly,” Chan said. “The real takeaway I had from that year is that Mark is better at talking than listening in many languages.”
“I got to a point in Mandarin where I could say a lot of things that I wanted. But my listening was not good,” Zuckerberg said. “I remember having this conversation. I was, like, ‘Why do you think my listening in Mandarin is not as good?’ And you’re, like, ‘It’s not Mandarin.’”
In an earlier segment of the interview that ran Monday, Zuckerberg found himself defending his decision to keep fake and misleading political ads on Facebook — despite an outcry from employees against the policy.
“What I believe is that in a democracy, it’s really important that people can see for themselves what politicians are saying, so they can make their own judgments,” he said.
It’s been a tumultuous year for Zuckerberg and Facebook.
In October, the company agreed to pay a $644,000 fine to the UK for breaches of data protection law related to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
The baby-faced tech tycoon has also faced scrutiny from lawmakers on Capitol Hill over plans to launch a digital currency called Libra.
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