Six on Forbes' Billionaires List Are Connected with Facebook

By Ed Silverstein March 10, 2011

It pays to be a founder of Facebook.

Six of the billionaires named on the 2011 Forbes “World’s Billionaires” list are connected to Facebook, according to a report from Digital Trends.

It’s no surprise that Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sits as the wealthiest of all the Facebook officials listed by Forbes.

He is listed by Forbes as the 52nd richest person in the world. In 2010, the Forbes list placed him as the world’s 212nd richest person.

Digital Trends reports that Zuckerberg’s wealth has more than tripled since 2010. It was $4 billion and it is now about $13.5 billion. Digital Trends explains the increase comes from Facebook’s recent $50 billion valuation.

Besides Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz is worth $2.7 billion, Forbes said. At the age of 26, Moskovitz is the youngest billionaire in the world, according to Forbes. The 2011 list from Forbes is the first one that includes Moskovitz.

Former Facebook president Sean Parker (who is also a co-founder of Napster) is worth $1.6 billion fortune. Facebook investor Peter Thiel has $1.5 billion. Russian investor Yuri Milner is worth $1 billion. Eduardo Saverin, who was made famous in “The Social Network,” after being ousted out of the company, was also named to the list, and his settlement with Zuckerberg got him about $1.6 billion.

Elsewhere on the Forbes’ list Microsoft founder Bill Gates was ranked at No. 2 overall with a $56 billion fortune, according to Digital Trends.

Forbes says there are 1,210 billionaires in the world. Many are in the technology field.

Forbes included in the list publicly traded and privately held companies, real estate, paintings, gems, yachts and planes, as well as cash, the magazine explains.

Zuckerberg has gotten a lot of attention recently. President Obama selected him as one of several top technology CEOs to seek advice from about the economy and innovation, according to a report from TechZone360.

Ed Silverstein is a TechZone360 contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

TechZone360 Contributor

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