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Mark Zuckerberg named Top US Philanthropist 2013
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At just 29 years old, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have been named the Top US Philanthropists of 2013.

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The Chronicle’s ranking of the 50 donors who give the most to charitable causes shows that the wealthy contributed $7.7-billion last year, with higher education and family foundations receiving the most money.

Mr Zuckerberg and his wife made an $970m donation, in the form of 18 million shares of Facebook to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a charity that manages and distributes charitable funds.

Zuckerberg ranked second in the donor ranks in 2012 behind Warren Buffett. The 2013 gift – to a charity which works to support the neighbourhood where Facebook has its headquarters – marks the first time a philanthropist under the age of 30 has given the largest single donation.

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