Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and wife expecting a second daughter

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan were not sure they would be able to have another child after a difficult ...
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Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan were not sure they would be able to have another child after a difficult pregnancy with their first daughter.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a second child, a daughter, the billionaire internet mogul said on Friday.

The couple was not sure they would be able to have another child after a difficult pregnancy with their first daughter, born in 2015, Zuckerberg, 32, said in a post on Facebook, the world's largest social network.

"I cannot think of a greater gift than having a sister and I'm so happy Max and our new child will have each other," Zuckerberg, who grew up with three sisters, wrote.

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Their first daughter, Max, briefly entered the spotlight last year when Zuckerberg posted a photo of her getting immunisation shots and was inundated with Facebook users debating the merits of vaccines.

The announcement came on the same day that Facebook shares hit an all-time high, riding upbeat expectations for growth as well as recent gains in the broader market.

Zuckerberg has a net worth of US$57.8 billion (NZ$83.8b), according to Forbes magazine, although in 2015 he pledged to put 99 per cent of his Facebook shares into a new philanthropy project focusing on human potential and equality.

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