07. Eduardo Saverin – $11.6 Billion
Eduardo Luiz Saverin (/ˈsævərɪn/; Portuguese: [eduˈaɾdu luˈis ˈsaveɾĩ]; born March 19, 1982) is a Brazilian entrepreneur and angel investor. Saverin is one of the co-founders of Facebook.
In 2012, he owned 53 million Facebook shares (approximately 2% of all outstanding shares), valued at approximately $2 billion at the time. He also invested in early-stage startups such as Qwiki and Jumio.
Saverin renounced his U.S. citizenship in September 2011, and therefore avoided an estimated $700 million in capital gains taxes; this generated some media attention and controversy.
Saverin stated that he renounced his citizenship because of his “interest in working and living in Singapore” where he has been since 2009, and denied that he left the U.S. to avoid paying taxes.
Saverin met Elaine Andriejanssen, a Chinese Indonesian woman who was educated at Raffles Girls’ School and Tufts University. She comes from a family which runs several businesses in Indonesia. On March 27, 2014, they got engaged and were married on June 25, 2015, in the French Riviera.
Saverin struck a deal with Ben Mezrich to write The Accidental Billionaires: A Story of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal about the founding of Facebook. Saverin severed his ties to Mezrich after the Facebook settlement.
Saverin is played by Andrew Garfield in the film The Social Network, which is based on Mezrich’s The Accidental Billionaires.