Who is Tom Anderson and what is net worth of him? Tom Anderson is the co-founder of ‘Myspace’ which is a social networking site. He founded the company in 2003 and has served as the president and strategic adviser of Myspace till 2009. Anderson co-found the company with Chris DeWolfe. He is popularly referred as “Tom from Myspace” as he used to automatically make friends with people who created their profiles on Myspace. Prior to this, he was a product tester for a digital storage company. Tom is also active on other social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit. He has also made a cameo appearance in the film ‘Funny People’ in 2009.
Thomas Anderson was born on November 8, 1970, in San Diego, California. His father was an impresario. He went to San Pasqual High at Escondido in California. As a teenager, he was a computer hacker and was friends with Bill Landreth. Together they were named as ‘Lord Flathead’. They cracked the security of ‘Chase Manhattan Bank’ and prompted an FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) raid. However, he was not arrested as he was only 14 then. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and studied Rhetoric and English. He then joined a band called ‘Swank’ and became its lead singer. He then went to Taiwan for some period and then again returned to the US. He enrolled in the University of California in Los Angeles and studied for his degree in Critical Film Studies.
Tome Anderson still continues to be the No. 1 friend on Myspace. He is very active on other social network platforms and has got over 6.50 million followers on Google+. He has also got another 237,000 followers on Twitter. Anderson is very fond of photography.
In 2000, Tom Anderson was the copywriter and product tester at a digital storage company called ‘XDrive’. He was at XDrive when he was still continuing his studies and met Chris DeWolfe in there. In 2001, the company XDrive went bankrupt and then he formed a direct marketing company called ‘ResponseBase’ with DeWolfe. In 2002, they sold their company to ‘eUniverse’ of Brad Greenspan.
At that time ‘eUniverse’ was under Intermix Media. In 2003, he made his first attempt to create Myspace with the employees of the universe. This was in response to Friendster and he successfully launched Myspace with DeWolfe. The site soon became a craze among teens and became the most popular social networking site. After creating Myspace, he sold the company to News Corp and Anderson served as the president of the company. He sold Myspace in 2005 to News Corp for $580 million.
Myspace had more than 106 million users in 2006 and used to add 230,000 registrations in a day. In April 2009, he was replaced as the president of Myspace. His default name on Myspace got replaced by ‘Today on Myspace’ abbreviated as ‘T.O.M.’. In 2009, he appeared in the drama comedy movie ‘Funny People’ which starred Adam Sandler.
By successfully creating Myspace and selling it to Intermix Media, Tom Anderson was bestowed with the 2008 PGA Vanguard Award. He shared the award with his partner Chris DeWolfe.
Tom Anderson Net Worth
Tom Anderson had a wonderful career right from his college days. He was in need of money and at that time he met Chis DeWolfe. Together, they formed Myspace and became overnight millionaires by selling their company to ‘Intermix Media’. The sale was done a whopping $500 million and even after that, he was appointed as the president of the company. Tom Anderson’s net worth is an estimated $65 million. He owes most part of this income to Myspace and also to other ventures he has involved with. The 46-year-old internet entrepreneur has also served as a product tester.
Despite being caught by the FBI for his involvement in the Chase Manhattan Bank security, Tom Anderson was not arrested as the age to get charged in the United States is 18. He prefers a change in his career. Myspace has been used by many celebrities like Kelly Osborne, Kevin Federline, and Tommy Lee. There was a time in 2005 when Myspace moved ahead of Google.