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Mark Zuckerberg

He Did NOT Pull a Fast One

On His Bride

5/21/2012 10:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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There's talk that Mark Zuckerberg timed his wedding to cut his new wife out of the $20 billion he raked in Friday, when Facebook went public, but it's simply not the case.

As you know, Mark married Priscilla Chan the day after his portfolio ballooned.  But here's the deal ... Under California law, if one person grows a business before marriage and sells it right at the time he or she gets hitched, the new spouse has no legal claim to the proceeds of the sale.

Disso Queen Laura Wasser, who reps almost every celeb in the throes of divorce including Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie and Maria Shriver, tells TMZ it's pretty simple:  "Facebook is a separate property asset of Mr. Zuckerberg.  It's like a painter who paints a painting prior to marriage and sells it shortly after marriage.  Any proceeds from the sale of the painting are the artist's separate property."

Now, if Facebook continues to increase in value during their marriage, Priscilla would have a 50% interest in proceeds from the growth.  But if today is any indication ... Priscilla shouldn't hold her breath -- the stock plummeted 10% today.

BTW, we don't know if Mark got Priscilla to sign a prenup.

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1.

Jack    

He probably timed it that way because both of their families were probably in town for her graduation and his stock launch. Enough with the conspiracy theories, let's just be happy for them already.

853 days ago
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IceGypsy    

Wow they have only been married 2 days and you guys are already talking Divorce? They have been together for years, I highly doubt they will ever head for Divorce

853 days ago
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moniquev    

it's THROES of divorce, not throws

853 days ago
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MK    

How do we know she doesn't already have a share into the company and is already making a decent return? So clueless people seem to be.

853 days ago
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Jen    

Honestly, there's nothing negative to say about these two. They've been together 9 years. She never pressured him to get married. She just finished medical school so she clearly doesn't to sit around & be a rich housewife. Their wedding was small, her engagement ring was a ruby (not a 20 million dollar diamond). They are obviously down to earth & not materialistic & really love one another. It's absurd to even imply that he would try to sell something off right before he married her. No one is forcing him to marry her in the first place. You never see celebrity couples with this kind tact & it's very refreshing. Good for them.

853 days ago
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bubblezzz    

TMZ mind your business! Who cares!?!

853 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

HE'S FINALLY GONNA SCORE!

853 days ago
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kerrplunk    

Ugly babies here we come.

853 days ago
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Muppet    

Of course you don't know if they have a prenup! It's none of your business! Seems to me these two are very down to earth and keep their lives private. Good for them! I wish them many years of success and happiness! They've already been together longer than most people in Hollywood last!

853 days ago
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Carl    

They've been together since before he started Facebook and she has been employed there as well. So I'm pretty sure she has a claim to big bucks either way.

853 days ago
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parlayer    

Honest I love you!! Just sign the prenup to insure i don't have to give you a thing even though your the only one for me , except me.

853 days ago
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Bo    

Whatever "wealth" he accumulated prior to marriage belongs to him, anything after the marriage is 50/50.... so what is the big deal? If couples have a issue with the 50/50 rule... THEY SHOULD NOT GET MARRIED!

853 days ago
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R    

Even if -- she's still made quite a lot on any interest on any financial anything in just the two days since they've been married.

853 days ago
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Caroline    

They've been together a long time already. This is hardly a Katy Perry/Russell Brand marriage that will implode in less than a year and it's not a Kim Kardashian publicity stunt. They seem like serious people who will go the distance so I don't think any of that stuff is going to matter.

853 days ago
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CriticXtreme    

He's definitely thinking with the right head because once your fame light dims, fems want out.

853 days ago
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