22. May 2013–
Mark Zuckerberg has been spotted in Berlin this week, as part of a whistle-stop tour of Germany, taking in both the German capital and Hamburg and squeezing in a rooftop meeting with politicians at the Reichstag.
According to a report in German newspaper Bild.de, the 29-year-old Facebook boss travelled from Hamburg to Berlin on Tuesday 21 May, taking the opportunity to meet with FDP politician Burkhardt Müller-Sönksen and CDU colleague Peter Tauber.
According to the report, Facebook contacted Müller-Sönsken, media spokesman of the FDP party, to ask if Zuckerberg could be shown round the Reichstag.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that the internet billionaire was keen to learn about the German political system and to see the views over the capital from the Reichstag roof. There have also been separate reports of Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, taking in the sights at Hackescher Markt.
Facebook remained tight-lipped as to whether Zuckerberg, thought to have a net worth of $13.3bn, met with any businesses or startups during his visit to Berlin. It’s unfortunate timing for German Minister for Economics and Technology, Philipp Rösler, who is currently touring companies on a fact-finding mission to Silicon Valley.
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