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This article was published on September 21, 2011


Facebook-made billionaire Dustin Moskovitz still flies economy

Facebook-made billionaire Dustin Moskovitz still flies economy
Brad McCarty
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A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty. A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty.

Dustin Mokovitz. He’s the overnight billionaire that Facebook built. But according to an interview with Forbes, you’d never know it. So what’s a billionaire to do?

  • Rides his bike to work
  • Lives modestly
  • Gives away half of his fortune
  • He flies coach (though at least on Virgin America)

Oh, and he helped build the antithesis to Facebook, known as Asana. At 27 years old, he’s the youngest billionaire in the US and he’s eager to help do things for the greater good. He says that he plans to die broke, in fact:

“So the idea is to have a foundation that runs out of money by the end of my life or shortly after.”

So he’s doing his homework, checking out the best ways to invest the cash. He doesn’t, however, see the money as his own. He states rather that he is holding “this wealth in trust for the world”.

The entire interview is worth watching, but this video from after the interview is a gem: