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Facebook CEO’s College Nickname Revealed

Turns out Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a notorious collegiate past that doesn’t only have to do with creating the social networking site Facebook. Gawker reported recently that, before he dropped out of Harvard to launch his multibillion dollar endeavor, Zuckerberg was an officer at the reputationally Jewish Fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi. He even had a nickname. What was it, you ask. Slayer. (You read right.) Apparently the moniker had more to do with his role of money manager for the fraternity than for his way with the ladies.

Zuckerberg’s old college dormmate Rebecca Davis O’Brien went on to explain in an article published recently on the Daily Beast:

To his friends at AEPi … during freshman year, Mark (or “Zuck”) was known by his frat name “Slayer.” In his capacity as AEPi’s Exchequer, I’ve been told by fellow AEPi pledges, Zuckerberg systematically hunted down dues. Later, once Zuckerberg left Harvard, he would return for career recruiting events, and stop by AEPi parties with a supply of booze. This hardly seems like the kind of guy who would found a website to impress or get even with people in final clubs.

“The Social Network,” as you already know from the movie previews that have saturated your late-night television programs, tells the story of the founding of Facebook and Zuckerberg’s battle against the culture that excluded him, including Harvard’s final clubs.

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