Sean Parker

Sean Parker 2011 (link) by Amager at English Wikipedia is licensed CC BY-SA 2.0 (link)



Tech Entrepreneur

Founder, Napster

Former President, Facebook (2004-2005)

Contact InfluenceWatch with suggested edits or tips for additional profiles.

Sean Parker is a technology entrepreneur who founded the file sharing network Napster and served as the first president of Facebook. Parker met Facebook co-founders Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin in 2004; he later became the company’s president in summer 2004. 1 In 2005, Parker was asked to leave Facebook as president after being arrested for cocaine possession. 2

Political Funding

Parker has donated to both Democrats and Republicans but leans towards Democrats on issues like campaign finance reform and a Nevada gun control initiative. 3 4

In 2010, Parker donated $100,000 to the California Proposition 19 campaign, which would have legalized marijuana throughout the state. 5 In 2016, he donated $400,000 to Proposition 63 campaign which would have required background checks for all ammunition purchases in California. 6

Parker played an instrumental role in adding provisions for Opportunity Zones in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. 7


  1. Kirkpatrick, David. “ With A Little Help From His Friends”. Vanity Fair. September 6, 2010. Accessed May 1, 2019.
  2. Eaton, Kit. “Why You Should Care About Sean Parker: The Man Behind Napstar, Facebook, and Chatroulette”. Fast Company.  September 8, 2010. Accessed May 1, 2019.
  3. Sutton, Scott. “Former Facebook President Sean Parkers backs Nevada gun-control initiative with $250,000”. Las Vegas Sun. January 20, 2015. Accessed May 1, 2019
  4. Zakrewski, Cat. “Silicon Valley Moguls Push for Campaign Finance Reform”. TechCrunch. Accessed May 1, 2019.
  5. The Guardian. “Facebook co-founder gives $100,000 to push to legalize cannabis in California.” The Guardian. Accessed May 1, 2019.
  6. Winton, Kate. “Sean Parker and 4 Other Billionaires Back Winning California Gun Control Proposition”. Forbes. November 9, 2016. Accessed May 1, 2019.
  7. Tankersley, Jim. “Tucked Into The Tax Bill, a Plan to Help Distressed America”. New York Times. January 29, 2018. Accessed May 1, 2019
  See an error? Let us know!