Before we delve into the real people behind Facebook and the movie The Social Network, I just want to start off with my own personal PSA. I saw this highly anticipated movie last night and I will proudly say I believe it is probably the best movie I will see all year (and yes, I saw Inception). Of course this is just my own opinion, but how often does a movie come out that almost every segment of the population can relate to?
After I got home from the ten o’clock showing last night, I couldn’t stop thinking about The Social Network and Facebook, and the real people’s lives it was based on. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, (run, don’t walk!) I’ll try to keep any spoilers to myself.
The Social Network: The Brains
26-year-old Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook from his Harvard dorm room with the help of his friends. He currently owns 24% of the company and is the youngest billionaire in the world.
Zuckerberg is played by Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network.
The Social Network: The Money Man
Eduardo Saverin was the original Chief Financial Officer of Facebook, as well as Mark Zuckerberg’s best friend until the two had a falling out over the now wildly popular social networking website. After having his share of Facebook decreased to just below 1%, he now owns 5% of the company and is listed as one of its co-owners. His net worth is currently estimated to be close to $1.3 billion.
Eduardo Saverin is played in The Social Network by the newest Spiderman, Andrew Garfield.
The Social Network: The Revolutionary
Now 30-year-old Sean Parker created Napster in college and eventually became part owner of Facebook. After a run in with the law, Parker left the company, but still owns a portion of Facebook (estimated to be worth $30 million) of the company today.
Parker is played by recording artist turned actor, Justin Timberlake in The Social Network.
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