Sean Eldridge and Chris Hughes

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has announced that he and his partner, LGBT activist Sean Eldridge, are engaged.

Hughes (27), who founded the social networking site along with Harvard roommates Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin, is estimated to be worth more than $500 million.

He now heads up Jumo, a new social networking site connecting individuals, charities and organisations that are “working to change the world”.

Eldridge (24) is the Political Director of the organisation Freedom to Marry which lobbies for same-sex marriage rights in the US.

The couple, who have been together for five years, announced their engagement at their New York loft during a reception in support of the organisation, reports the New York Post.

“This is very timely for Chris and I to have you here tonight to celebrate marriage and work on marriage,” Eldridge told guests such as Ivanka Trump. “We got engaged two weeks ago, so there is a real sense of urgency.”

“We were in Thailand in a hotel room in the north. We were delayed after two days in the snowstorm and Chris got down on one knee and proposed. It was very traditional and very sweet,” Eldridge revealed.

He added: “As you know, we can’t get married in New York, so there is more of an urgency to approve gay marriage, so we can get married here. We’re going to get married in the next year or two for sure – we’re hoping as soon as possible.”

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