Facebook Billionaire Sean Parker Thinks Being Rich Is ‘Uncool’

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has become a household name, but do you know who Sean Parker is? Here, a couple hints for you:

First clue: “A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.” 


That's right, Sean Parker is the Napster co-founder portrayed by a superbly slick and sleazy Justin Timberlake in The Social Network. At all of 24 years old, Parker was the founding president of Facebook, and according to Forbes he's now worth $1.6 billion.

Facebook has made its creators a nearly incomprehensible amount of cash. Aside from Zuckerberg's $4 billion back account, Facebook's other co-founders, Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Savarin, have also joined the billionaire club during the past year.


(By the way, Sean Parker is currently the oldest at 31.)

(*Grabs cane, waves it wildly*)

How does Mr. Parker feel about his astounding wealth? According to a recent interview he gave to The Financial Times, that famous Social Network quote is all wrong. Here's his real assessment of the coolness quotient of a billion dollars:

“It’s not cool. I think being a wealthy member of the establishment is the antithesis of cool."

He went on to explain that he thinks its much cooler to be a countercultural revolutionary, and clarified that he doesn't have what the rest of us mortals call a "job."

"I am not interested in having a career. I never have been. This in no way resembles a career. I think a career is something your father brings home in a briefcase every night, looking kind of tired.”

Sadly, he did not follow up these statements with a vigorous performance of the SexyBack dance, because that's probably the only thing he could have added to the interview that would have made him seem less like a douchebag to me.

Hey, Parker? You know what I think you should do? Donate every penny of your cash in the name of your favorite counterculture movement, then start over flat broke to see if you can pull it all off again. Dude, now
that would be cool.

What do you think about Parker's statement? Could you deal with being uncool if you were a billionaire?

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