Zuckerberg caught short of cash on Italian honeymoon

May 31, 2012, 06:21 IST | Agencies

Hailed an internet genius, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was left flummoxed on his honeymoon in Italy by a rather more basic piece of technology � a cash machine

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are on their honeymoon, adding Life Events to their Timelines and handing out shiny American dollar coins to Italian peasant children.

Cash flow problems: A video shows the Mark Zuckerberg having trouble withdrawing cash at an ATM and asking a person for instructions during his honeymoon with Priscilla Chan in Capri. File pic

But they might be running low on that IPO cash, because Zuck can’t use an ATM. The 28-year-old multi-billionaire was unable to access his vast personal fortune when he tried to withdraw money from a cash point on the island of Capri.

The young internet tycoon and his new wife, Priscilla Chan, went by boat from the picturesque Amalfi Coast to the island in the Bay of Naples earlier this week. From the island’s tiny port they took an open-topped taxi to have lunch at Da Giorgio, a local restaurant.

They then found a nearby ATM machine, owned by Banca della Campania, in a whitewashed alcove of Capri’s main village, a haunt of Hollywood celebrities and the super-rich.

A video shot by a passer-by showed Zuckerberg looking at the cash machine quizzically and asking advice from a fellow tourist, before abandoning the attempt to withdraw money and walking away.

Cash machines in Italy are frequently out of service but the Naples-based bank insisted that it was functioning normally. The honeymoon was supposed to be a secret until the couple’s cover was blown by a Polish tourist who snapped them admiring the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and posted the photographs on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the owner of a kosher restaurant in Rome’s historic Ghetto quarter dismissed a row over Zuckerberg not leaving a tip when he and his new wife ate there during their two-day stay in the capital.

Umberto Pavoncello said the failure to leave a tip for a lunch which cost £26 (Rs 2,270) was of no consequence and said he was considering renaming one of the restaurant’s signature dishes — deep-fried courgette flowers — after Zuckerberg.

He wrote on the website of his restaurant, Nonna Betta (Granny Betta) that he would like to make the Internet guru ‘an honorary nephew’ and speculated that he had failed to leave a tip because he was in a hurry.

Dropped off billionaire list
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has dropped off Bloomberg’s list of the richest 40 billionaires in the world after his social networking firm’s disastrous launch on the US stockmarket. Earlier, Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index had declared Zuckerberg the 29th richest person on Earth after Facebook Inc. sold 421.2 million shares valued for $38 each. But now, the Facebook founder has fallen off the list entirely, 

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