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Mark Zuckerberg Is Engaged, Says Bill Gates (UPDATE)

Mark Zuckerberg Engaged

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 06/12/11 01:18 PM ET Updated: 08/12/11 06:12 AM ET

UPDATE: Apparently, Bill Gates had it wrong.

A Facebook senior exec contacted Business Insider regarding Gates's statement about Mark Zuckerberg's alleged engagement to girlfriend Priscilla Chan.

"If [Mark is engaged, Bill Gates] knows something I don't know," the exec said. "Gates's communications guy just wrote to apologize for the misunderstanding."

So that's that. No wedding bells for Zuck. Not yet, anyway.

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PREVIOUSLY: During a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Bill Gates revealed some startling information about Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

While explaining that Zuck--like Gates--has pledged to donate most of his fortune, Gates mentioned offhandedly that Zuck may be engaged to girlfriend Priscilla Chan.

"I didn't say to Mark, 'Give me all your money!' He was predisposed to do it and he came to me seeking advice," Gates began.

He continued thus:

His fiancée Priscilla thought about education and he gave money to Newark, New Jersey, and we did a co-grant so that some of our people who had some expertise in that field could help him out. He deserves credit. I started meaningful philanthropy in my forties. He's starting way earlier.

In May, Zuckerberg and Chan, who have been together since their college days, moved into a $7 million Palo Alto home, which sits on 5,000 square feet of property. Earlier this year, the couple also adopted a puppy named Beast.

On his Facebook profile, Zuckerberg's relationship status currently reads "in a relationship," rather than "engaged." The same goes for the relationship status listed on Chan's Facebook profile.

Did Gates simply misspeak, or did he spill a big secret?

Visit the Daily Mail to read the rest of Bill Gates's interview, during which he lays out his philanthropy work around the world, especially his contributions to the search for a Malaria vaccine.

[via Business Insider]

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