Facebook Alumni Making it Big on Their Own
Facebook didn't recruit Sean Parker as much as Parker recruited the company. Depicted by Justin Timberlake in The Social Network, Parker is what Vanity Fair calls a Web oracle. Parker met with Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 to discuss the five-month-old company. Only 24 years old at the time, Parker had already launched Napster and Plaxo, and had a close relationship with the team at now-reinvented social networking site Friendster. The serial entrepreneur had already been earning $80,000 per year in high school, enough to convince his parents to let him skip college.
It paid off. Parker became the founding president of Facebook months after meeting Zuckerberg. Now in his early 30s, Parker’s net worth is now about $1 billion. Parker’s habit of landing himself a spot as an important decisionmaker in disruptive tech companies, most recently Spotify and Votizen, bodes well for his ongoing success.