Craigslist founder is a nerd who’s almost too nice for the net

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Craigslist founder is a nerd who’s almost too nice for the net

Billionaire Craig Newmark shuns the Silicon Valley high life - he just wants to do good, he says

Olivia Rudgard

Craig Newmark is confused. “Who is Bob?” he says, peering across a table in our office in downtown San Francisco. A reluctant Anglophile, the New Jersey-born Craigslist founder turned philanthropist delights in British-isms such as “Bob’s your uncle”, but is baffled by its origin.

“Is this some kind of secret Anglo-Saxon or Celtic deity?” he asks. “No one will tell me.”

These aren’t the things that puzzle most tech billionaires. But Newmark, 66, bears little resemblance to today’s polished and practised Silicon Valley elite. Despite an estimated net worth of $1.6bn (R22bn), he doesn’t own a car, preferring public transport, and lives with his wife in a small home in San Francisco’s Cole Valley – although he did buy a three-bedroom apartment in New York’s Greenwich Village in 2016 for a reported $6m...

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