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Mark Zuckerberg Says He Needs to Eat 4,000 Calories Daily. Here's What Might Be on the Billionaire's Menu — From Quarter Pounders to Chocolate Mice. The billionaire Meta founder and CEO says he's not cutting weight currently.

By Amanda Breen

Key Takeaways

  • Zuckerberg placed his McDonald's order in a Threads post.
  • The billionaire turned down the chance to become a McDonald's franchisee when he was a teen.
  • He and his wife Priscilla Chan supported their favorite local restaurants during the pandemic.
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More than a decade ago, Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was embarking on a personal sustainability challenge to eat only meat he killed himself — but it looks like he's had a somewhat drastic change of heart.

In a recent Threads post in response to one from McDonald's calling for orders, Zuckerberg put in an extensive request of his own — then explained that he needs to consume roughly 4,000 calories daily during his training "to offset all the activity."

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"It's so delicious…" Zuckerberg wrote after asking for 20 nuggets, a quarter pounder, large fries, Oreo McFlurry, apple pie, and some "side cheeseburgers for later."

Zuckerberg might be "lovin' it" now, but he actually opted out of running his own McDonald's franchise when his father gave him the choice between that and attending college as a teenager, CNN Business reported.

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It's safe to say Zuckerberg might enjoy some Philz Coffee; he served it at his wedding to Priscilla Chan in 2012 and even invited father-son co-founders Phil and Jacob Jaber, Forbes reported.

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The special day also featured food from the couple's favorite restaurants, Mexican spot Palo Alto Sol and Fuki Sushi, and Burdick chocolate "mice" for dessert (little mice-shaped truffles the couple shared on their first date), per The Washington Post.

Zuckerberg and Chan also showed their support to Bay Area restaurants amid the pandemic — giving a $100,000 check to eight of their local favorites, including those two that catered their wedding, Eater reported.

Palo Alto Japanese restaurant Dohatsuten; Los Altos Chinese spot Chef Chu's; Redwood City-based Vesta, a Bib Gourmand nominee; San Mateo sushi spot Sushi Sam's Edomata; and Sardinia restaurant La Ciccia and The Liberties Bar & Grill, two San Francisco restaurants not far from the couple's former Dolores Heights residence, all made the cut — and might be some of Zuckerberg's go-tos so long as he's not cutting.

Amanda Breen

Entrepreneur Staff

Senior Features Writer

Amanda Breen is a senior features writer at Entrepreneur.com. She is a graduate of Barnard College and received an MFA in writing at Columbia University, where she was a news fellow for the School of the Arts.

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