The world is used to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg making headlines, but recently his co-founder and college roommate, Eduardo Saverin, is the one getting heat from the public. Saverin first drew eyes by relinquishing his U.S. citizenship--a move many believed he did only to avoid paying taxes on the billions he will be receiving from Facebook's IPO. Now, Saverin is defending his decision against lawmakers who are looking to take legal action against him.

The Brazilian says his choice had nothing to do with taxes and was only based on his desire to live and work in Singapore, where he has been living since 2009. "As a native of Brazil who immigrated to the United States, I am very grateful to the U.S. for everything it has given me," Saverin said in a statement released to ABC News. "I will continue to invest in U.S. businesses and start-ups, and believe and hope that those investments will create many new jobs in the U.S. and globally."

 

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I don't know the reasons behind all of Saverin's recent strange behavior but all I can say is I wish I had been lucky enough to be Zuckerberg's roommate! Talk about knowing the right people. I mean, how could he have known that the guy he was bunking with was going to go on and become the 29th richest person in the world? Or that their tiny dorm room start-up would turn into the largest tech company IPO in history in just eight years?!

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Don't get me wrong, I loved my college years, my roommates, and (most of) my living situations...but having my own Zuckerberg to help pave my way to a multi-billion dollar company wouldn't have been half-bad! If I had been in Saverin's (very fortunate) situation, I would not be drawing such bad attention to myself. In fact, I think I would have been trying to stay out of the limelight as much as humanly possible--not to mention, being thankful for all of the success and showing much more appreciation to the friends and family who helped me get there.  

What do you think of all of the controversy surrounding Saverin? Tell us in the comments below!


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Michelle Regalado is a Staff Writer at MamásLatinas. She loves reading, travel, pop culture, and writing about anything and everything.

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I don't care what he says, I don't believe for a second that he didn't renounce his citizenship for financial reasons. I mean, really, why is he doing it NOW, right when the Facebook IPO is launching? Why didn't he do this years ago? Plus, does this mean he's going to be a citizen of Brazil or Singapore? I don't know about that. It just sounds suspicious to me. 

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