Mark Zuckerberg's wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, has—up until now—chosen to avoid the limelight.
But the Facebook CEO's better half gave her first ever TV interview to Today's Savannah Guthrie, announcing Friday that she and Zuckerberg are donating $120 million (!) to the San Francisco Bay Area school system through their education foundation, Startup: Education.
Chan, the first in her family to attend college, explained that education is "an incredibly personal issue" to her and Zuckerberg. She credits her public school teachers growing up for "getting me excited about learning" and providing "those opportunities to attend college, to go to medical school, and to be able to give back as a doctor today."
Zuckerberg's "type of learning is different than my approach to learning," Chan said of her hubby, who dropped out of Harvard University to focus full-time on growing his Facebook empire. She recalled laughingly how, on their first date, "he told me that he'd rather go on a date with me than finish his take-home midterm. The type-A first child in me was appalled...Turns out he was just trying to convince me to spend more time with him...And I've since learned that he's very bright."
Chan told Guthrie she wished others could also see beyond Zuckerberg's exterior, saying, "I think it's a shame when people don't see the funny, thoughtful Mark that I know...He is incredibly sensitive and really cares about what other people need and want and really wants to be able to make someone else's day. And that's the Mark that I see."
Aw. We definitely "like" these two as a couple.
(E! and Today are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)