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Self-made billionaire and internet mogul Evan Williams is best known for co-founding Twitter, a social-networking website used by millions worldwide.
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Twitter became a powerful platform for U.S. presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain in 2008, with both politicians using the website to update their supporters while on the campaign trail. The site became internationally known during the 2009 presidential elections in Iran, after the Iranian government blocked text-messaging and satellite feeds of foreign news coverage, and tweeting, subsequently,
became the way to get information in and out.
On September 25, 2012, Williams and Stone created a new publishing platform called Medium, a simple site backed by Obvious Corp. where bloggers can share ideas and stories of more than 140 characters; the site also allows graphics.
Twitter Inc. went public in November 2013, listed as TWTR when the stock market opened in New York City. According to the October 2013 Securities Exchange Commission, Williams's 12 percent stake in the company was worth $1.5 billion when the site went public.
Williams lives in San Francisco with his wife, Sara, and their two sons.
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