Rumors are currently running wild on Chinese social media that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is currently searching for a Mandarin-speaking nanny who will be extremely well compensated for her work.
The rumors are linked to a job recruitment notice on the website Indeed.com which has recently been circulating around the WeChat groups of Chinese living and working in Silicon Valley. That notice for a nanny includes all of the requirements that you might expect: at least three years of experience, a bachelor’s degree, a love for children and basic medical training. However, netizens have picked up on one detail that is a bit out of the ordinary — the nanny must be fluent in Mandarin.
According to the notice, the nanny will have to work five days straight (from 8am to 9pm) before getting five days off, and will be paid an annual salary of between $110,000 to $130,000 while receiving full health benefits similar to that of a Silicon Valley engineer.
Because of the Mandarin requirement and high salary, netizens have jumped to the conclusion that the potential employer must be Zuckerberg.
As further evidence, they point to the employer’s description, which says that he and his wife are a young entrepreneurial family with several businesses and charities who are trying to find a nanny for their newborn. The description also adds that the family already has a large support and household staff.
This description seems to match Zuckerberg, whose second daughter, August, was born last month, and who is reported to have no less than 16 bodyguards.
Of course, Zuckerberg is also noted for his enthusiasm for the Chinese language and Chinese culture, giving a number of speeches in functional Mandarin. His wife, Priscilla Chan, is the daughter of ethnic Chinese refugees who fled Vietnam to escape oppression.
Zuckerberg appears eager to pass his passion along to his children. Back in 2015, he asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help find a name for his unborn first child. Xi politely declined. The following February, Zuckerberg released a video to mark the beginning of the Year of the Monkey, announcing that his first daughter, Max, had been given the Chinese name Chen Mingyu (陈明宇).
Already, a large number of Chinese netizens have stepped forward to announce their interest in helping the newest Zuckerberg become bilingual as his alleged nanny search has become a top trending topic on Weibo today.
But, of course, there’s no actual concrete proof that the job listing comes from Zuckerberg — teaching kids Mandarin is becoming more and more popular in the US and extremely high salaries in Silicon Valley are the norm — but, either way, the notice is certain to receive many, many applicants — qualified and otherwise.
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