How much is Tom Anderson worth?
American entrepreneur Tom Anderson has amassed a net worth of $60 million. Anderson has generated his personal net worth from his company, Myspace, which was the most popular social networking site on the internet until Facebook surpassed it. Anderson co-founded Myspace with Chris DeWolfe in 2003 and became its president. He is widely known as Myspace Tom.
Before the conception of Myspace, Anderson worked as a product tester at a digital storage firm where he met DeWolfe. He was still at college during this time. He founded a direct marketing company with DeWolfe. In 2003, he began working on Myspace and launched the company in that year. The company received critical and commercial success and began receiving attention quickly. News Corporation acquired it for $580 million in 2005 and Anderson began serving as the president of Myspace. His business partner, Chris DeWolfe, was appointed as the CEO of the company. For the next three years, Myspace dominated the internet as the biggest social networking site and became the most visited webpage in the United States in 2006, ahead of Google. After the launch of Facebook, the number of visitors on Myspace began declining. During its glory days, Myspace had an influential role in pop culture. He left the company in 2010. Singer Justin Timberlake and Specific Media Group now own Myspace. Since leaving Myspace, Anderson has retired. Other than business, Anderson has been consistently following his interests in photography. He briefly joined a Los Angeles based company called RocketFrog Interactive in 2012.
Anderson was born on November 8, 1970 in Escondido, California. He attended San Pasqual High School and was investigated by the FBI after he was successful in hacking into the Chase Manhattan Bank. He went on to attend the University of California, Berkeley. During this time, he was also involved with a band as a lead singer. He moved to Taiwan and returned to the United States. He joined the University of California, Los Angeles where he studied Critical Film Studies. He is presently in a relationship with Vanessa Mendieta. They have been together since 2005. Anderson frequently travels the world. In 2009, he appeared in a cameo role in the comedy drama Funny People which starred actor Adam Sandler.
Anderson has maintained an active presence in social media over the years. As of July 2015, Anderson has 234K followers on his official Twitter account. His passion for photography can be seen on his Instagram profile which is being followed by 149K people.