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Sean Parker is an entrepreneur who co-founded the music file-sharing service Napster and was the founding president of Facebook.
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The idea had been Parker's brainchild, but when the daily grind of running the company started to set in, the founder bristled and was soon exiled by the firm's other managers.
It was around this time, however, that Parker discovered Facebook, a still-new online service that catered specifically to college students. Sucked in by its potential, Parker met with the company's founder, Mark Zuckerberg,
who soon the named the 24-year-old entrepreneur the company's founding president.
Early on, it was a marriage that benefited both sides. The oldest member of Facebook's young executive team, Parker helped Zuckerberg navigate Silicon Valley's complicated venture-capital landscape.
But in 2005, Parker, whose history of partying was not a well-kept Silicon Valley secret, was arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession. Charges were never filed, but the incident largely contributed to his exit from Facebook. Parker's role at Facebook was played out in the 2010 movie The Social Network, which told the story of the company's founding. Parker, who was portrayed by Justin Timberlake in the film, has called the movie "fiction."
In the years since, Parker has continued to show an uncanny eye for the next big thing. He worked diligently to bring the Swedish music platform Spotify to the United States, and assisted in its integration with Facebook. He has also reunited with Shawn Fanning to create a new live-video site called Airtime.
Parker's worth is reported to be more than $2 billion.
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