22/11/2015 9:27 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Can't Wait To Be A Dad, Announces Two Month Paternity Leave

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Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., pauses during a keynote session at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, March 2, 2015. The event, which generates several hundred million euros in revenue for the city of Barcelona each year, also means the world for a week turns its attention back to Europe for the latest in technology, despite a lagging ecosystem. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

WASHINGTON -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that he is planning to take two months of paternity leave upon his first child's birth, underlining the importance of family in the life of one of the world's youngest billionaire.

Zuckerberg, 31, is expecting a girl child after his wife Priscilla Chan, 30, suffered a series of miscarriages.

Terming the decision a "very personal" one, Zuckerberg said in an online post that "outcomes are better for children and families" when working parents take time off to be with their newborns, a strong statement on family life by one of the US's busiest executive.

Priscilla and I are starting to get ready for our daughter's arrival. We've been picking out our favorite childhood...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, November 20, 2015

"Priscilla and I are starting to get ready for our daughters arrival... Every day things are getting a little more real for us, and were excited to start this next stage in our lives," Zuckerberg, the founder of world's biggest online social network, said in his post.

He, however, did not reveal when are they expecting their child.

Zuckerbergs two-month-long break is six weeks more time off than what president and CEO of Yahoo Marissa Mayer took after giving birth to twins, but two months less than he offers his employees at Facebook.

Parental leave is a hotly debated issue in the US and different tech companies offer various benefits to parents during this phase to retain quality talent.

Google gives 18 weeks maternity leave and 12 weeks paternity while Microsoft gives new parents 12 weeks off.

However, Netflix pushed the boundaries of the debate after it announced in August that it was giving some of its US workers up to a year of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child.

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