By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:09 PM on 26th September 2010
Reclusive Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has given a rare glimpse into his private life – including the run-of-the-mill house he still rents with his long-term girlfriend.
The 26-year-old allowed cameras into his home and office during an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show.
They showed the billionaire greeting his girlfriend Priscilla Chan with a kiss outside his modest-sized house where there was a small hatchback car on the driveway.
Mark Zuckerberg shares a rented home with his girlfriend Priscilla Chan, whom he met at Harvard University
Instead of a mansion worthy of a social networking supremo, he still rents a sparsely-furnished home in Palo Alto, California.
His study only holds three chairs, a table and two wooden shelving units. Cameras also panned across his open but relatively small kitchen containing an island and light-colored wooden cabinet.
The workaholic revealed he studies Chinese every morning at the kitchen table in preparation for a holiday to China he will take with Priscilla at the end of the year.
However, he is rarely at home putting in 16 hour days at Facebook headquarters.
The open plan office has a fun and creative feel. People can be seen riding skateboards, while walls are covered with inspirational phrases like ‘Fail Harder’ and ‘What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?’
At one stage Zuckerberg can be seen sat next to other staff sharing a messy desk as he types on a laptop.
Mr Zuckerberg was on Oprah’s show to announce a $100m grant to help reform schools in the U.S.
Mr Zuckerberg in the kitchen where he studies Chinese every morning
Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg lives in a modest rented house near his work
His announcement was met with some skepticism, coming on the day of the premiere of the unofficial film based on the creation of Facebook, The Social Network.
But Mr Zuckerberg played down any controversy – adding the film seemed ‘fun’.
He said: ‘A lot of it is fiction, but even the film-makers will say that.
‘They’re building a good story This is my life, I know it’s not that dramatic.
‘The last six years have been a lot of coding and focus and hard work. But maybe it will be fun to remember it as partying and all these crazy drama.’
The Facebook founder joined Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as they unveiled a “bold” new plan for Newark to serve as a model for the country.
Mr Zuckerberg is learning Chinese with a tutor for a holiday he plans to take to China with his girlfriend
Mark Zuckerberg (far right) poses with Oprah Winfrey, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (left) and Mayor Cory Booker
And the Facebook CEO, who became the world’s youngest billionaire at age 23, received a standing ovation from Winfrey, the guests and the audience when he announced his support.
‘I’ve committed to starting the Start-up: Education foundation, whose first programme will be a $100m challenge grant,’ he said.
Asked why he was focusing on education, he said: ‘Because every child deserves a good education and right now that’s not happening.
‘I’ve had a lot of opportunities in my life and a lot of that comes from going to good schools. And I just wanted to do what I can to make sure everyone has those chances.’