SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, it was quite a week — from birthday to IPO to “I do.”
A day after the historic Facebook stock offering, Mr. Zuckerberg on Saturday wed 27-year-old Priscilla Chan, his girlfriend of nearly a decade, according to a guest authorized to speak for the couple. The person spoke only on the condition of anonymity.
Mr. Zuckerberg gave his new bride a ring he had designed with a “very simple ruby” to end an incredibly eventful week, according to the guest.
The couple married at his Palo Alto, Calif., home in front of fewer than 100 stunned guests who thought they would be attending a party to celebrate Miss Chan’s graduation from medical school.
Then on Friday, Mr. Zuckerberg took his blue-and-white Web behemoth public in one of the most anticipated IPOs in Wall Street history.
The seemingly well-coordinated timing was largely a coincidence, the guest said. The wedding had been planned for months, and the couple was waiting for Miss Chan to finish medical school, but the date of the IPO was a “moving target” not known when the wedding was set.
Attendees, including Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, were told after they arrived that they were not mere party guests but wedding guests.
“Everybody was shocked,” the guest said.
The person would not discuss the names of others who attended to protect their privacy.
Ditching his trademark hoodie and sneakers, Mr. Zuckerberg sported a dark blue suit and tie with a white shirt for the ceremony, while Miss Chan wore a traditional white wedding dress with veil and lace.
Food was served family-style and included dishes from the couple’s favorite Palo Alto sushi restaurant.
She graduated from Harvard in 2007 and then taught science to fourth- and fifth-graders at the Harker School in San Jose for two years before starting medical school, according to her profile.