Eduardo Saverin

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Eduardo Saverin
Eduardo Saverin CHINICT.JPG
Saverin at the CHINICT conference
on May 25, 2012
Born Eduardo Luiz Saverin
(1982-03-19) 19 March 1982 (age 32)
São Paulo, Brazil
Residence Singapore
Ethnicity Jewish
Citizenship Brazil12
Alma mater Harvard University (B.S., Economics, 2006)
Known for Co-founder of facebook
Net worth Increase US $4.2 billion (January 2014)3

Eduardo Luiz Saverin456 (Portuguese pronunciation: [eduˈaɾdu luˈis ˈsaveɾĩ]) is a Brazilian internet entrepreneur and investor.7 Saverin is one of five co-founders of Facebook, along with Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes, and Andrew McCollum.8 As of 2012, he owns less than 5% of Facebook's shares and has a net worth of $4.2 billion, according to Forbes. He also invests in early-stage startups such as Qwiki9 and Jumio.10

Family and early life

Eduardo Saverin was born in São Paulo, Brazil, to a wealthy Jewish Brazilian family,11121314 and his family later moved to Rio de Janeiro. Eduardo's father, Roberto Saverin, was an industrialist working in clothing, shipping, and real estate.15 His mother, Paula, was a psychologist and he has two siblings.16 His Romanian-born grandfather, Eugenio Saverin, is the founder of Tip Top, a chain of kidswear retail shops.17 In 1993, the family emigrated to the US, settling in Miami, Florida.18


Saverin attended Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, and went on to Harvard University, where he was a member of the Phoenix S.K. Club as well as president of the Harvard Investment Association. While an undergraduate at Harvard, Saverin took advantage of Brazil's lax insider trading regulations and made $300,000 via strategic investments in the oil industry.151920 In 2006, Saverin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in economics. He is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity (Eta Psi chapter of Harvard University).



During his junior year at Harvard, Saverin met fellow Harvard undergraduate, sophomore Mark Zuckerberg. Noting the lack of a dedicated social networking website for Harvard students, the two worked together to launch The Facebook in 2004. As co-founder, Saverin held the role of chief financial officer and business manager.21

A lawsuit filed by Facebook against Saverin and a countersuit filed by Saverin against Facebookclarification needed were settled out of court. Though terms of the settlement were not disclosed, the company affirmed Saverin's title as co-founder of Facebook. Saverin signed a non-disclosure contract after the settlement.22


Saverin has lived in Singapore since 2009.2324 In September 2011, he renounced his U.S. citizenship; the citizenship change was speculated to have been an attempt to reduce the capital gains taxes Saverin would have paid after the Facebook IPO.25726 The Wall Street Journal estimated the tax savings at over $700 million.27 In response, Senator Chuck Schumer introduced the Ex-PATRIOT Act, which could have prevented Saverin from ever entering the U.S. again, but the bill died in committee.282930

Depictions in media

The 2010 film The Social Network depicts the relationship between Saverin and Zuckerberg from their creation of Facebook to Saverin's legal action against Zuckerberg. Actor Andrew Garfield's portrayal of Saverin was met with critical acclaim, receiving nominations such as for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.31


  1. ^ Kucera, Danielle; Harper, Christine; Drucker, Jesse (2012-05-12). "Facebook Co-Founder May Gain Choosing Singapore Over U.S.". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 2012-05-14. Saverin still does hold Brazilian citizenship, Goodman said. 
  2. ^ "Saverin 'has no plans to become S'pore citizen'". Today. 2012-05-17. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Eduardo Saverin Net Worth"
  4. ^ Internal Revenue Service (30 April 2012). "Quarterly Publication of Individuals, Who Have Chosen to Expatriate, as Required by Section 6039G". Federal Register. 
  5. ^ Feeney, Kevin J. (2005-02-25). "Business, Casual". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  6. ^ "America's Youngest Billionaires". Forbes. October 6, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Kucera, Danielle; Vallikappen, Sanat; Harper, Christine (2012-05-11). "Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Gives Up U.S. Citizenship Before IPO". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  8. ^ Mezrich, Ben. The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal, needed
  9. ^ Bosker, Bianca, "Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin Invests In Qwiki"
  10. ^ Wauters, Robin, "Exclusive: Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin Leads $6.5M Round For Jumio", TechCrunch, Thursday, March 17, 2011
  11. ^ The Social Network: How Jewish is Facebook?, The Jewish Chronicle, Jennifer Lipman, October 14, 2010
  12. ^ The Accidental Billionaires, Ben Mezrich, Random House Inc, 2010
  13. ^ Zuckerberg: jovem, bilionário e... trapaceiro? Lucas Amorim, Info Exame, 20/08/2009
  14. ^ Zuckerberg teria passado para trás amigo brasileiro Gustavo Chacra, Estadao,, Atualizado: 2/10/2010
  15. ^ a b Tagiaroli, Guilherme; Ikeda, Ana (October 22, 2010). "Conheça Eduardo Saverin, o brasileiro que ajudou a fundar o Facebook". UOL (in Portuguese). Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
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  18. ^ Eduardo Saverin, o brasileiro do facebook conta sua historia
  19. ^ The Truth Behind Facebook's Founding is Finally Revealed
  20. ^ "A Facebook Tale: Founder Unfriends Pals on Way Up", NPR
  21. ^ Mezrich, The Accidental needed
  22. ^ Carvalho dos Santos, Alexandre; Marcelo Rainho (October 2009). "A misteriosa história do brasileiro que fundou o Facebook". Superinteressante (in Portuguese) (São Paulo: Editora Abril) (270): 94–97. ISSN 0104-1789. OCLC 60743498. 
  23. ^ Miguel Helft (January 20, 2011). "Facebook Co-Founder Backs Start-Up". New York Times. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  24. ^ Lacy, Sarah, "Where in the World Is Eduardo Saverin? In Singapore Funding Facebook Games", TechCrunch, Thursday, October 28, 2010
  25. ^ McCormick, Jason (11 July 2012). "5 citizens who left the U.S. to avoid paying tax". CBS News. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  26. ^ Worstall, Tim (May 12, 2012). "IPO Will Increase, Not Reduce, His Tax Bill". Forbes. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  27. ^ "So How Much Did He Really Save?". Wall Street Journal. 2012-05-18. based on financial filings, experts say, it was likely tens of millions in income tax and far more in estate tax—at least $700 million at current values and tax rates. 
  28. ^ Miller, Sunlen (2012-05-17). "Senators to Unveil the 'Ex-Patriot Act' to Respond to Facebook's Saverin's Tax 'Scheme'". ABC News. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  29. ^ With the Facebook IPO, missing Eduardo Saverin, Washington Post, May 18, 2012
  30. ^ "Bill Summary & Status, 112th Congress (2011 - 2012): S.3205". THOMAS. 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  31. ^ Singh, Anita (2011-01-18). "Andrew Garfield: Famous? I just don't have the time ...". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 

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