Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous Americans in 2013 after they donated a huge chunk of Facebook shares.The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that the couple has so far donated 18 million Facebook shares, which are valued at over $970 million (€711 million) to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
In total, the top 50 contributors made donations totaling $7.7 billion (€5.64 billion), plus pledges of $2.9 billion (€2.12 billion) in 2013. This makes Zuckerberg’s donation that much more impressive, considering how much of the total sum came from him and his wife.
It’s surprising not to find Bill Gates and his wife at the top of the list, but that’s mostly because they’ve already pledged a lot of money to charities in the years before, so they don’t make the top of the list in 2013.
On the other hand, the Zuck and his wife are the youngest couple to reach the top of the list, as they are both under 30.