Antoine Antoniol/BloombergMark Zuckerberg is tying the knot soon, according to Bill Gates. But his rep said otherwise.
Fellow tech billionaire Bill Gates referred to Zuckerberg's longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan as his "fianc�e" when discussing the Facebook founder's philanthropy efforts in an interview with the Daily Mail posted Saturday, setting the rumor mill into motion in Silicon Valley.
"His fianc�e 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," Gates is quoted as saying, in the only gossip-worthy tidbit to come out of the interview.
Zuckerberg and Chan met when they were students at Harvard and still characterize their romantic status as "in a relationship" on the social networking site.
But according to representatives for Facebook, it will stay that way ? at least for the near future.
"If [Mark is engaged, Bill Gates] knows something I don't know," Facebook spokesperson Elliot Schrage told Business Insider. "Gates's communications guy just wrote to apologize for the misunderstanding."
On Chan's Facebook page, she still has a quote in her "About Me" section from one of her old elementary school students that ends in "I knew you weren't married. You look way too happy to be married."