New York: Facebook's billionaire founder Mark Zuckerberg updated his relationship status on his social networking site to 'married' - he has tied the knot with his long time girlfriend 27 year old Priscilla Chan in a private ceremony at his California home.

The surprising move came just a day after Facebook went public through one of the largest initial public offerings and its shares began trading on the Nasdaq.

Zuckerberg wrote about the big event in his life on his Facebook timeline, with a status update that read, "Married Priscilla Chan" on May 19.

The ceremony took place in Zuckerberg's backyard at his Palo Alto home in California before fewer than 100 guests yesterday. An accompanying picture shows a smiling Zuckerberg dressed in a simple dark blue suit, white shirt and wearing a tie. Chan is in an elegant sleeveless laced white wedding gown with a veil falling over her shoulders. A string of bulbs are hung in the background which is Zuckerberg's backyard.

The picture got over 131,000 likes within the first 30 minutes of Zuckerberg posting the status update.
The couple met at Harvard and have been together for more than nine years. Chan's Facebook page also had the updated relationship status with the message "married to Mark Zuckerberg."

The marriage capped an extremely eventful week for the couple. Zuckerberg celebrated his 28th birthday on Monday, May 14. Days later Facebook, which was founded by Zuckerberg in 2004 in his Harvard dorm, became went public through an IPO that pegged the value of the world's most popular social network site at 104 billion dollars.

The same week Chan graduated from the University of California, San Francisco. Chan studied medicine and is now a doctor of pediatrician. On her graduation day, Zuckerberg had written on his Facebook page, "I am so proud of you Dr Chan."


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