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Mark Zuckerberg marries longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan

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May 20, 2012 - London

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg walked down the aisle with his long-time girlfriend Priscilla Chan in a ceremony at his home in Palo Alto, California, on Saturday.

After watching the company that he founded go public on Friday, he changed his status on his profile page to 'married', the BBC reported.

The 27-year-old also had a busy week, graduating from medical school on Monday, as Zuckerberg marked his 28th birthday.

The guests believed they were going to celebrate Chan's graduation - but were surprised to attend a wedding instead.

The wedding ring, a "very simple ruby", was designed by Zuckerberg.

Nine years ago the pair met at Harvard, where Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004.

They later moved to California, where Facebook has its headquarters, and Chen studied at the medical school of the University of California, San Francisco.

Facebook's valuation after its flotation on Friday means the social network site is worth about the same as internet shopping giant Amazon, and more than the value of stalwarts such as Disney.

Even after the flotation, Zuckerberg continues to control just under 56 percent of the voting power of the company.


Photo: Guillaume Paumier

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