The subject did catch your attention, didn’t it. Well, not exactly how it sounds, but two members of this year’s losing team Oxford in the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, lost the race and have won $ 65 million.
As I surfed TV channels in my hotel room in Istanbul on 3rd April 2010, I happened to watch this amazing boat race and heard an even more amazing story.
As the story goes, when studying at Harvard in 2004, Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler, Olympian rowers and member of Oxford’s rowing team, along with their partner Divya Narendra (incidentally, is also a rower) sued Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, just six days after the site was launched. The three Harvard seniors, accused Zuckerberg of intentionally misleading them into believing he would help them build a social network called HarvardConnection.com, while he was instead using their ideas to build a competing product. And it seems just before this year’s boat race the trio had made a cool $ 65 million through an out of court settlement.
Reminds me of the nursery rhyme with my own (corny) twist :
Row, row, row your boat,
Gently to the Bank,
Merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.