Parents will do anything to give their kids an advantage in life. For a lot of ultra-rich parents, that means hiring special, highly skilled super-nannies to care for their kids from infancy. Child psychology degrees, music skills, CPR certification, and general sportiness are all highly prized qualities among people advertising for nannies. Language skills are one of the biggest selling points. Now someone in San Francisco is advertising for a Mandarin-speaking nanny for more than $100,000 a year, and a lot of people are wondering if it’s Mark Zuckerberg.
According to Shanghaiist, the nanny ad in question went up on Indeed.com not long ago.
“A young, entrepreneurial family with several businesses and philanthropic interests is looking to ire a Nanny to provide a safe, caring, nurturing, and stimulating environment in which a child can develop. This busy family is constantly on the go and has multiple residence,” the ad says.
The family wants what most supernanny ads want: Three years of experience, basic medical training, a bachelor’s degree, and a love of children. The nanny must also be fluent in Mandarin.
The job pays $110-130,000 a year in San Francisco, and comes with full health benefits. It requires the nanny to work from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. for five days straight, but then the nanny gets the next five days off.
This is a pretty sweet deal. A lot of high-paying nanny jobs are extremely demanding. One British couple recently advertised for a nanny for $128,000 a year, but that required a person to watch four kids from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. six days a week. That’s a 78-hour work week! (The family really should have just hired two nannies at $60k a year each and split the insane workload between them.) This requires a similar full-day schedule, but the five-days-on, five-days-off schedule makes it more tenable.
Now the ad is going around Chinese social media, and a lot of people are speculating if the add was taken out by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. Their extremely cute second daughter was born last month, and Zuckerberg studies Mandarin. He’s in China regularly and has even given speeches in Mandarin.
Dr. Chan is fluent in English, Spanish, and Cantonese.
The nanny ad is trending on Chinese social media
The ad has been trending on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, with a lot of people saying that a young, philanthropic San Francisco couple paying $130k a year for a Mandarin-speaking nanny must be Zuckerberg and Chan.
It’s certainly possible, but language skills are one of the most sought-after qualities in a nanny. The earlier a kid starts learning a language, the better their shot at being truly bilingual. A ton of parents in the U.S. want their kids to learn Mandarin right now. The Holdernesses boasted about how their daughter could count to 100 in Mandarin, and Arabella Trump has a Mandarin-speaking nanny and is frequently asked to show off her Mandarin prowess.
There are six ads for Mandarin-speaking nannies in the San Francisco area running on Indeed.com right now.
There are a lot of extremely rich people in San Francisco. This ad could have been placed by Zuckerberg and Chan, but there are a lot of super-rich parents in San Francisco, and the ad could have been placed by any of them.
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