Net worth: $9.8 billion USD How he made his billions: Facebook, Inc., Self Made Location: Singapore Age: 33
Mark Zuckerberg jilted his co-founder Eduardo Saverin out of the company after trying to dilute his share to 10% without making it painfully apparent to him. Eventually, Saverin’s role was taken by entrepreneur Sean Parker, and the ousted co-founder went about his way but not before suing Zuckerberg for forcing him out of the company. Anyone who has seen The Social Network (2010) knows about Thefacebook.com’s tangled founding story, and how Facebook’s first investor and CFO eventually settled for a 5% stake of the company. We may never likely know how much Zuckerberg screwed over, as Saverin was offered an undisclosed amount and made to sign a non-disclosure as a part of the deal.
Serial angel investor Eduardo Saverin now sits on board of 99.co, a Singapore-based real estate buying and selling platform. As a technology investor and mentor, he has advised and worked closely with an array of ambitious startups of all sizes and stages that share one common thread: a passion for people-centric innovation.
Had Saverin kept his original stake in Facebook, he’d now be worth somewhere near $35 billion. What a pity!