The Winklevoss Twins Not About to Give Up
It would appear that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s legal dispute with Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss isn’t going away any time soon. In the December 2011 issue of Vanity Fair, released today, writer Dana Vachon interviews the famous yet much-maligned twins.
During what had to have been a downright mystifying day, Vachon was swept up by the twins into their BMW M3 and taken from their border town Chula Vista, California based Olympic rowing facility across the border. From a cantina nestled deep in the recesses of Tijuana, Tyler and Cameron dished dirt on their plans to finally get even with Zuckerberg.
Anyone who has taken the time to watch the movie The Social Network knows the crux of the issue between the Winklevoss’ and Zuckerberg - the lawsuit accusing Zuckerberg of stealing their idea. The movie details allegations that Zuckerberg took Tyler and Cameron’s idea for a Harvard-based ConnectU dating site and began working on his own social network, all the while eschewing any actual work on the Winklevoss’ site. If you paid attention to the credits following the movie , you know that both Tyler and Cameron received a hefty $65 million settlement for their troubles.
According the Vanity Fair article, the payout, $20 million in cold hard cash and $45 million in stock, is now valued at approximately $200 million, making it even more difficult for anyone to feel pity on the twins. This ought to be enough for anyone, for something as simple as a website idea, right?
Social Network screenplay writer Aaron Sorkin doesn’t think so. “These guys were built to win - they’re not gonna ‘move on,’ said Sorkin in the Vanity Fair piece. “They’re not going to see that the game’s over and Mark won in a rout.”Continued on the next page