“I want to get married, but I’m too busy arranging my record breaking public offering. I promise as soon as its done we’ll get married, go on a great honeymoon, and live happily ever after” …. Really??
A general principal of family law is that asset acquired during a marriage are marital property. If one spouse had assets before the marriage, and those same assets significantly appreciate during the marriage, the appreciation arguable is also marital property. If Mr. Zuckerberg married his wife prior to the IPO he would give his new wife a claim, in the event of divorce, to a share of the sharp increasing in stock value that occurred by virtue of the IPO. As it played out, Mr. Zuckerberg’s Facebook stock at $38/share is his pre-marital asset.