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Mark Zuckerberg takes paternity leave to bond with 'our new little one'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced he's taking off from work for the rest of December to spend time with his new daughter who was born in August.
/ Source: TODAY

Mark Zuckerberg is showing that even one of the most powerful executives in the world can make time for paternity leave.

The Facebook CEO announced on Dec. 2 that he is going on parental leave for the rest of the month. Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla, announced the birth of their second daughter, August, in that month earlier this year.

"I'm going on parental leave for December to be with August and Max, so you'll hear from me a little less,'' he wrote on Facebook. "We have a couple more Facebook and philanthropy announcements this year and then I'll see you all in 2018!"

The 33-year-old tech billionaire had announced before his second child's birth that he would be taking two months of paternity leave in two parts following her birth.

"I'm looking forward to bonding with our new little one and taking (older daughter) Max on adventures,'' he wrote in August. "I'm pretty sure the office will still be standing when I get back."

Zuckerberg also took two months off after Max, 2, was born in November 2015.

Facebook has been named one of the best places for new dads to work, because of its paternity policy. The company offers four months of maternity and paternity leave "because studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, it's good for the entire family," Zuckerberg wrote.

Many commenters on Zuckerberg's recent announcement applauded his decision to take paternity leave.

"Mark Zuckerberg that's awesome,'' one wrote. "Setting time aside for family is important, especially the little ones. Enjoy every precious moment."

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