Eduardo Saverin Congratulates Facebook, Zuckerberg for IPOBy: Chris Richardson - May 18, 2012
Who says money can’t buy everything? Well, maybe it can’t, but it sure can buy various levels of forgiveness, provided it was even required. Of course, when you stand to make $3 billion or more, there’s undoubtedly a tendency to look back on the past with more romanticized perspective, while allowing potential grudges to be dissolved.
Or it could be that Eduardo Saverin is genuinely happy for his old partner, Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of the Facebook crew. Whatever his motivation, the incredible payday he’s about to receive or some genuine affection for his old partner, Saverin took to his Facebook page to congratulate the crew on their successful IPO:
On the eve of the Facebook public float, 8 plus year in the making, I as co-founder wanted to look back and cherish Facebook’s early beginning. Congrats to everyone involved in the project from day one till today, and I especially wanted to congratulate Mark Zukerberg on keeping tremendous stead-fast focus, however hard that was, on making the world a more open and connected place.
It’s largely true that we in the general public learned just about everything we know concerning the relationship between Saverin and Zuckerberg via The Social Network (the book and the movie), recently, Saverin indicated some creative license was taken with the story:
The two’s relationship was the subject of the 2010 film “The Social Network,”in which Zuckerberg is portrayed as getting so caught up in making Facebook successful that he betrays Saverin and essentially runs him out of the company.
But this week, Saverin said the movie was “more art than documentary.”
Forgive my cynicism, but could the fact that Saverin stands to make
more money than God billions from Facebook’s public offering be the reason for his all-of-a-sudden denouncement of the story, combined with the well-wishes he sent to the company he initially financed? Whatever the case, thanks to his citizenship denouncement, Saverin will, in all likelihood, get his billions without the burden of paying taxes attached to them.
With that in mind, the next video is absolutely fitting: