Winklevoss twins

Winklevoss twins

Winklevoss twins

Cameron Winklevoss at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Photo of Tyler Winklevoss taken after a HackHarvard hacknight event at Harvard University. Photo taken with Mr. Winklevoss' permission.
Personal information
Nationality United States
Born (1981-08-21) August 21, 1981 (age 32)
Southampton, NY
Sport Rowing
College team Harvard University
University of Oxford
Team United States Olympic Team
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 6th place, Beijing Olympics

The Winklevoss twins (born August 21, 1981) are American rowers and internet entrepreneurs, Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss. They competed in the men's pair rowing event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They are known for co-founding HarvardConnection (later renamed ConnectU) along with Harvard classmate Divya Narendra. In 2004, the Winklevoss brothers sued Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for $140 million, claiming he stole their ConnectU idea to create the popular social networking site. They are now venture capitalists,[1] and have led a seed funding round for Bitcoin payment processor BitInstant.[2] In April 2013, the brothers claimed they owned nearly 1% of all Bitcoin in existence at the time.[3]

Early life and education

The Winklevoss twins were born in Southampton, New York, and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut.[4] Their father, Howard E. Winklevoss, was a professor of actuarial science at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.[5] He is the author of Pension Mathematics with Numerical Illustrations, and founder of Winklevoss Consultants and Winklevoss Technologies.

The twins went to the Greenwich Country Day School before attending the Brunswick School for high school.[6] They showed a fondness for the classics in high school, studying Latin and Ancient Greek. During their junior year, they co-founded the crew program.[7][8] They enrolled at Harvard University in 2000 for their undergraduate studies where they majored in economics, earning B.A. degrees and graduating in 2004. At Harvard, they were members of the men's varsity crew, the Porcellian Club[9][10] and the Hasty Pudding Club.

In 2009, they began graduate business study at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and completed MBA degrees in 2010.[11] While at Oxford, the brothers were members of Christ Church,[12] and rowed in the Blue Boat in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race earning them an Oxford Blue.[13][14]


Main article: ConnectU

ConnectU (originally .

Popular culture

Both twins are played by actor Armie Hammer in The Social Network (2010), a film directed by David Fincher about the founding of Facebook. Actor Josh Pence was the body double for Tyler with Hammer's face superimposed. The twins are popularly referred to collectively as "the Winklevii."[19] In an episode of The Simpsons, "The D'oh-cial Network", Patty and Selma take part in the Olympic rowing, and race against the Winklevoss twins, who are voiced by Armie Hammer.[20]


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