He may run a huge company, but away from his day job, Mark Zuckerberg tells Matt Lauer in an NBC News exclusive that he has only one drawer at home for storing his 20 identical gray T-shirts and reveals how he and wife Priscilla Chan pulled off the surprise wedding of the year.
Updated 10/4: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down last week with TODAY's Matt Lauer for his first television interview since the social network's IPO. The interview airs on Oct. 4 on TODAY and Rock Center with Brian Williams, but we already know exactly which moment will make you chuckle the most.
"I mean, I wear the same thing every day, right? I mean, it's literally, if you could see my closet," Zuckerberg starts to explain, as Lauer asks if he owns 12 of the same gray t-shirt. "Maybe about 20," Zuckerberg admits, somewhere between discussing the future of Facebook, his daily routine, the iPhone 5, and his wedding to college sweetheart Priscilla Chan last May.
The Facebook CEO says that he doesn't really have much in his closet — it's mainly used by his wife, who graduated from medical school at the University of California at San Francisco shortly before their marriage. Instead, Zuckerberg's identical t-shirt collection lives in the one drawer he's allotted.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks to TODAY's Matt Lauer.
"Wait a second, are you telling me," Lauer interupts. "At home you have one drawer?"
"I have one drawer," Zuckerberg confirms. "Like men everywhere. Like men everywhere."
While Zuckerberg's words don't seem entirely appropriate in the presence of Lauer — who has found himself on more than one "best dressed" list — they do fit in with the unchanging attire maintained by some other tech leaders and executives, the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (black turtlenecks, Levi's 501 jeans) and his successor, Tim Cook (dark, long-sleeved button ups), to name a few.
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Maintaining a consistent appearance could signal having bigger concerns than fashion ... like the day-to-day operations of a company that serves hundreds of millions of people, or that seemingly age-old iOS vs. Android debate, perhaps.
Lauer couldn't resist nudging Zuckerberg about the iPhone 5.
"It's a wonderful device," the CEO said, after admitting that Cook sent him the new iPhone model, gratis. Facebook's mobile strategy has been a significant concern of users and investors alike, and Zuckerberg clearly spends a lot of time thinking about what people are doing with their smartphones. As he tells Lauer:
iPhone is a great platform. There are more people who use Facebook on Android — because Android is just — more people use it, at this point. And the thing that I think a lot of people don't think about is that there are actually more people in the world using Facebook on mobile Web, right, so not using the apps on iOS or Android, but actually just going to a browser on a phone. There are more people doing that than the iPhone and all of Android phones combined, right? So it's actually a pretty diverse ecosystem.
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