Zuckerberg & his wife trying to build political muscle for philanthropic causes
Zuckerberg & his wife trying to build political muscle for philanthropic causes

Facebook founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan, who have pledged to put their huge wealth toward philanthropic causes, have hired a top political operative to build political muscle for their philanthropic work.

In 2015, Zuckerberg and his wife set up the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a limited liability company to carry out charitable efforts. Now, they have hired David Plouffe, who managed President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, as president of policy and advocacy for the non-profit.

It may be note here that Plouffe has also served as the chief adviser and a member of board of directors for Uber, but now he is leaving the ride-hailing firm to be a part of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

In an interview, Zuckerberg said, "You can make change, but in order for it to be sustainable, you need to build a movement to support it. No amount of private research or philanthropy is going to shift that. At the end of the day, the government has far more resources than any individual organization does."

Zuckerberg and his wife are forming a public policy advisory board of ex- government officials and other experts in the fields of science, communications, education and advocacy.

When the couple announced their decision to donate 99 per cent of their Facebook shares to charitable causes more than a year ago, their holdings in the company were worth more than $45 billion.