Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg unable to withdraw cash on Italy honeymoon
AS THE creator of Facebook he has been hailed an internet genius but Mark Zuckerberg was apparently flummoxed on his honeymoon in Italy by a rather more basic piece of technology – a cash machine.
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 Mr 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.
As they did on at least one occasion in Rome, the couple shared a main course at the restaurant on Capri – mindful, perhaps, that Facebook's plunging share value has put a dent in Mr Zuckerberg's $20bn dollar fortune.
Shares in the company, which made its market debut on the NASDAQ stock exchange on May 18, fell 10pc to an all-time low of $28.65 on Tuesday.
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 Mr 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 €32 was of no consequence and said he was considering renaming one of the restaurant's signature dishes – deep-fried courgette flowers – after Mr 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.