Twitter's Biggest Money Winner Doesn't Want You To See His Picture

Yesterday's amended IPO documents brought more news than continued unprofitablility: Ev Williams isn't going to be Twitter's biggest billion dollar success story anymore. That honor now belongs to Suhail Rizvi, a reclusive Hollywood insider and Wall Street financier who deletes his existence from the internet.

Twitter's Biggest Money Winner Doesn't Want You To See His Picture

Rizvi's investment vehicle, Rizvi Traverse, owns a whopping 18% of the company, adding to a storied financial history that includes the "Twilight" movies and the privatization of Playboy, among other ventures. Given that Williams' stake was recently valued at around $1.5 billion, it goes without saying that Rizvi and his pals will make one hell of a lot of money—that includes sympathetic, struggling investment beneficiaries like Saudi Prince Alwaleed. And speaking of his highness, in a stellar look at Rizvi, Gerry Shih and Ronald Grover of Reuters notes the following:


Rizvi maintains an elusive Web presence. The only readily found picture of Rizvi is a snapshot of him sitting with Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and Alwaleed in a New York hotel after the prince bought Twitter shares.

The photo, on a Saudi news outlet, had irked Twitter executives and Rizvi, as they had preferred to keep the transaction quiet.

"Readily found" is probably generous—the image, seen above, appears on only a handful of websites, and finding a version large enough to actually make out Rizvi (second from the right) is tough. Finding anything about Rizvi is tough, says Shih:

[Rizvi] guards his secrecy so zealously that he employs a person to take down his Wikipedia entry and scrub his picture from the Internet.

You can see irked Wikipedia power-users griping about the self-sanitation here. Unfortunately for Rizvi, it's a lot harder to scrub tweets out of existence.