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Facebook's Zuckerberg, wife expecting second daughter

The couple was not sure they would be able to have another child after a difficult pregnancy with their first daughter two years ago.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shows Mark with his wife Priscilla with their new daughter Max. Picture: AFP.

CALIFORNIA – Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a second child, a daughter, the billionaire internet mogul said on Thursday.

The couple was not sure they would be able to have another child after a difficult pregnancy with their first daughter, born in 2015, Zuckerberg, 32, said in a post on Facebook, the world's largest social network.

"I cannot think of a greater gift than having a sister and I'm so happy Max and our new child will have each other," Zuckerberg, who grew up with three sisters, wrote.

Their first daughter, Max, briefly entered the spotlight last year when Zuckerberg posted a photo of her getting immunisation shots and was inundated with Facebook users debating the merits of vaccines.

The announcement came on the same day that Facebook shares hit an all-time of $138.57, riding upbeat expectations for growth as well as recent gains in the broader market.

Zuckerberg has a net worth of $57.8 billion, according to Forbes magazine, although in 2015 he pledged to put 99% of his Facebook shares into a new philanthropy project focusing on human potential and equality.

LISTEN: Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to giving away 99% of his fortune

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