Meet one of the some 1,000 Google employees and early investors who became millionaires — on paper anyway — with Facebook’s filing of its IPO yesterday. David Choe is a grafitti artist. Here he is, doing his thing, with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg painting alongside him. Amazing how far a stick figure will take you.
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Courtesy Jim Romanesco’s blog, here’s some background from The New York Times.
A front page story in today’s New York Times mentions that graffiti artist David Choe took Facebook stock instead of cash for painting the walls of Facebook’s first headquarters and that his shares are expected to be worth about $200 million when Facebook stock trades publicly.
Who is David Choe? Here is is his Wikipedia page and here is his Twitter feed. On Facebook, his friends are congratulating him and asking: “Are you really a gazillionaire now?”
On his website, Choe shows off the mural painting he did for the first Facebook office, and writes that he “found out they cut the walls out of all my paintings and sent them to all the facebook offices around the world.”
I know a guy that has done that a time or two. Not graffiti, but go into a company to assist in some way; don’t take any cash/check payment, he just wanted stock shares. He has made a KILLIN’ over the last 10 yrs basked on the projects he worked on just for shares of stock.