Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin to wed Singapore-based Elaine Andriejanssen in July

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin will marry Ms Elaine Andriejanssen, an Indonesian Chinese, in France next month, a source close to Saverin has confirmed. Photo: Bloomberg, Facebook/Elaine Andriejanssen

SINGAPORE - Sorry, ladies. Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin is off the market, a source close to him has confirmed.

The 33-year-old Brazilian will marry Ms Elaine Andriejanssen, 31, an Indonesian Chinese based in Singapore, in France next month, the source told The Straits Times.

The Straits Times understands that Ms Andriejanssen studied at Raffles Girls' School (Secondary).

The source, a friend of the couple, said the pair threw a lavish engagement party - including a performance by Grammy Awards winner John Legend - in Bali, Indonesia, last month.

Mr Saverin's relationship status on his Facebook page, however, says he has been engaged to Ms Andriejanssen since March 27, 2014.

"She Said Yes!!! I am engaged to the love of my life. Excited for a life full of adventure, happiness and health," he wrote in a post dated March 28, 2014.

Page Six, an entertainment website, had reported on Tuesday that Mr Saverin was going to marry Miss Singapore Universe 2009 Rachel Kum on the French Riviera on June 27. He had also apparently invested in Ms Kum's makeup company, Rachel K Cosmetics.

This is not true, said the source who asked not to be named. "Ed is definitely not marrying Rachel."

The website later corrected its story, and quoted a spokesman for Mr Saverin as saying: "He has never dated Miss Singapore, and never invested in her company. He is not marrying her."

Ms Andriejanssen lives in Singapore with her family, the source added.

Mr Saverin, who has been living in Singapore since 2009, renounced his US citizenship in 2011 and is said to be worth US$5.1 billion (S$6.9 billion).

He is one of the five co-founders of Facebook along with Mark Zuckerberg, and is an investor in several start-up companies including online property search portal 99.co and local e-grocer Redmart.

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Statuses of Facebook's other co-founders

Mark Zuckerberg, 31

Net worth: US$36 billion, ranked by Forbes as the 16th richest person in the world in 2015

Married to: College sweetheart Priscilla Chan, 30, a medical school graduate. They met in the line for the washroom at a 2003 Harvard party

Where and when: The pair wed in the backyard of their home in Palo Alto, California on May 19, 2012. Some 100 guests who were invited thought it was to celebrate Ms Chan's graduation from medical school

Dustin Moskovitz, 31

Net worth: US$8.5 billion, ranked 170th in Forbes' list of 500 richest people in 2015

Married to: Cari Tuna, philanthropist and former Wall Street Journal reporter who co-founded philanthropic organisation Good Ventures with her husband

Where and when: Not known. They are reputed to be one of Silicon Valley's most low-key couples, spending their free time doing yoga and meditating.

Chris Hughes, 31

Net worth: US$935 million as of May 2012

Married to: Sean Eldridge, 28, president of investment fund Hudson River Ventures

Where and when: June 30, 2012. The wedding ceremony in the morning was an intimate affair attended by 50 guests, including Mr Zuckerberg and his wife.

But the lavish night celebration, which Vanity Fair dubbed New York's biggest and most elaborate gay wedding ever, saw a power list of 350 - such as New York senior senator Chuck Schumer and high-ranking female politician Nancy Pelosi - present at Capriani on Wall Street.

Sean Parker, 35 (Facebook's founding president in 2004)

Net worth: US$2.6 billion, ranked by Forbes as the 737th richest person in the world

Married to: Singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas, with whom he has two children

Where and when: The June 1, 2013, affair, held in a private redwood grove in the Big Sur area of California, reportedly cost US$10 million. Celebrity guests included Emma Watson and Olivia Munn. Each guest was fitted with a Lord of the Rings-style costume by Oscar-winning costume designer Ngila Dickson.

The wedding made headlines when conservationists kicked up a ruckus over the wedding campsite which caused environmental damage. Mr Parker also did not have the necessary permits and had to pay US$2.5 million in settlements

 


This article was first published on June 17, 2015.
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