Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin has been in the news quite a bit of late, mostly for his decision to renounce his U.S. citizenship, which was made public just days before the social network’s initial public offering. Now a citizen of Singapore but born in Brazil, Saverin turned to Brazilian newsmagazine Veja for a lengthy interview in which he addressed the citizenship issue, as well as other often-told stories about his parting from Facebook.
Forbes reported on and translated Saverin’s interview with Veja, and some of the highlights follow.
On his decision to renounce his U.S. citizenship, mirroring similar comments that were reported earlier this month, when the story first broke:
The decision was strictly based on my interest of living and working in Singapore. I am obligated and I will pay hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes to the American government. I already paid and I will keep paying whatever taxes I owe based on my time as a U.S. citizen.
I have only good things to say about Mark. There are no hard feelings between us. His focus on the company since its very first day is anything short of admirable. He was a visionary. He always knew that the only way for Facebook to grow was to maintain its central idea — that of people truly presenting themselves as they are, without nicknames or pseudonyms. That’s Facebook’s biggest strength, what allowed us to transform it into an instrument of protest, like what happened in Egypt, but also in an instrument of business, not to mention a way of naturally connecting with friends.
On his infrequent posts on his Facebook page:
I don’t like showing my privacy online.
That’s Hollywood fantasy, not a documentary. Facebook wasn’t built out of a Harvard dorm window. And I would never throw a laptop at someone, like it appears in the movie. Not even at Mark.