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First 250 Facebook Employees Discuss Being Rich in Secret Group

Hollywood Reporter

If there's one thing worse than people with obscene amounts of money, it's people with obscene amounts of money who brag about it on social media. I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to see when I get in at the end of a busy day is someone posting a selfie in the first class lounge at Dubai airport, wth a text caption explaining that they're opening a second bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label before getting their connecting flight to the Seychelles. Where their yacht is moored.

Admittedly, I don't have many people like that on my Facebook feed, but the notion of it is still unpleasant. What's more unpleasant is the idea of seeing such activity on Facebook coming from people who actually work for the company, an ever-present reminder that you're partisan to a system that has gotten a lot of people a lot richer than you'll likely ever be. Happily those people have at least a shred of empathy, because they have a secret group where they talk about rich people stuff far away from envious eyes.

According to a report by Vanity Fair, this group, named T.N.R. 250 (or The Nouveau Riche 250) was created so that Facebook's first 250 employees (all of whom are now exuberantly wealthy) can talk about which super-cars, mega-yachts and regular-islands to buy without fear of upsetting anyone who can't afford any of those things.

Despite the billions of dollars housed within it, Silicon Valley has never been ostentatious in the way Wall Street or other famously moneyed corners of society have been. It's probably because, by and large, the people working out of Silicon Valley started out (and carried on) with good, progressive intentions. The primary aim was and is pushing technological boundaries, rather than just making a crapton of money.

That's not to say that these first-generation Facebookers are any less affluent than their other well-off contemporaries, but their choice to discuss which Banksy piece to buy next away from public scrutiny suggests that they've accrued at least some measure of a social conscience from all that time spent working in social media.


Callum Davies

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @CallumAtSMF

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First 250 Facebook Employees Discuss Being Rich in Secret Group Reviewed by Callum Davies on Wednesday, September 02, 2015 Rating: 5
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