The giants who control the global social media network

These men are not only rich and successful, but their products pretty much govern the way you live your digital life.


Mark Zuckerberg

Chairman & CEO, Facebook

The first name that pops up when you talk about social media is Facebook, and Mark Zuckerberg is synonymous with Facebook. Mark launched the social media site while still a student at Harvard in 2004. While there he had earned the title of ‘programming prodigy’. Mark was named the Time Person of the Year in 2010 and as of April 2014, he was worth $25.3 billion and is definitely one of the youngest self-made billionaires.


Reid Hoffman

Founder, LinkedIn

After his graduation, Reid Hoffman started his career with Apple in 1994 and quickly moved to Fujitsu before he found his first entrepreneurial venture called Apart from, Reid was also on the Board of Founding Members of PayPal. In 2003 Reid founded LinkedIn, a unique business social network circle and he has helped it attain immeasurable heights with more than 277 million users across 200 countries helping job-seekers and business professionals alike.


David Karp

CEO, Tumblr

All of 27 years of age, David Karp is the CEO of Tumblr and is valued at above $200 million. David started working at 14 as an intern with the animation company, Frederator Studios. When UrbanBaby was launched, an employee of Frederator Studios suggested David’s name for the job. Impressed by his work, the founders of the firm made him UrbanBaby’s Head of Product. When UrbanBaby was sold to CNET, David moved out of the firm and launched Tumblr in 2007 and within two weeks it had 75,000 followers and currently hosts over 180 million blogs.


Dennis Crowley

CEO, Foursquare

Starting Foursquare with Naveen Selvadurai was the best decision Dennis Crowley ever made. Following his entrepreneurial instincts, Dennis initially launched Dodgeball while as a student at New York University. Dodgeball was acquired by Google and replaced as Google Latitude. Named by Fortune as one of the business’s hottest rising stars in 2010 in their ‘40 under-40’ list, Dennis launched Foursquare in 2009.


Kevin Systrom

Founder & CEO, Instagram

While at Stanford, Kevin Systrom interned with Odeo, the company that eventually gave rise to Twitter. After Stanford, Kevin joined Google and worked there for two years – one year with Google’s products and the second in Corporate Development. Immediately after his stint with Google, Kevin gave the world Instagram in 2010, and later sold it to Facebook in 2012.



Ben Silbermann

CEO, Pinterest

Ben Silbermann started off his career by working with Google’s Sales Department. When he realized business was his calling, he quit his job and started designing iPhone apps with a college friend. When the first app he made, Tote, failed to garner the right amount of attention, he teamed up with Evan Sharp to create Pinterest.


Stewart Butterfield

Co-founder, Flickr

This photographers’ paradise was created by Stewart Butterfield in 2004 using tools that were developed for the online game, Neverending, but was eventually shelved when Stewart realized that Flickr was a more feasible project. Stewart launched Flickr after he co-founded the company Ludicorp, which was eventually acquired by Yahoo! in 2008.


Garrett Camp

Founder & Chairman, StumbleUpon

Garrett Camp cofounded StumbleUpon in 2002 while still a post-grad. Garrett helped StumbleUpon reach the $25 million mark as its founding CEO. Garrett was named in the TR35 List of Top Innovators under the age of 35 at Technology Review’s Emerging Technologies Conference. In 2008 Garrett was named by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as one of Tech’s Best Young Entrepreneurs.


Jack Dorsey

Creator & Chairman of Board, Twitter

Jack Dorsey came up with the idea of Twitter while in New York University. Twitter, originally ‘twttr’ saw Jack play a pivotal role since its inception. Once Twitter started growing, Jack’s aim was to monetize the social network. Alongside Twitter, in 2010 Jack went on to develop Square, Inc, a mobile payments company.

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