7 Infamous Sibling Rivalries At Work

One of Mark Zuckerberg's younger sisters, Arielle, recently launched a career in the tech world, at the advertising startup Wildfire. On Tuesday, Google announced it would be acquiring Wildfire, which means the two Zucks will be on either side of the greatest tech war of the 2010s. Randi, the eldest Zuckerberg tweeted:

The battle between the No. 1 and No. 2 most popular sites on the internet has been tense at times. Like when Facebook tried to take on Gmail with its email service. Or when Google tried to take on Facebook with its own social network. Or when Google blocked users from importing their Gmail contacts to Facebook. Or when Facebook blocked users from importing their contacts to Google+. Meowww!


But siblings have been on opposite sides of worse power struggles. Like two sons of the famed playwright Berthold Brecht, who were in rival armies in World War II (the one on the German side died). Or when it was standard practice in the Ottoman Empire for a new sultan to imprison all his brothers, and then strangle them all as soon as he produced a male heir. Eeeeks!

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Siblings competing in the same industry is actually a pretty common phenomenon. Given that siblings share half their genes and much of their upbringing, it's perhaps little surprise that many of them develop kindred career goals.

And while many siblings serve as models, inspirations and support for one another, they can also serve as the most intimate measure of each other's success or failure. After all, when a younger sibling is born, "Not only do the older children face a rival for the love and attention of their parents," writes Joyce Edward, author of "The Sibling Relationship," "but they must now contend with someone who, unlike the adults in their world, is not concerned with their welfare." Ouch!





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ithedoom13

lol Mark Zuckerberg now know that he got Suckerberg for siblings

August 07 2012 at 12:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pwn3d

Forgot to mention the Gallagher brothers in comedy? Leo and Ron Gallagher.

August 06 2012 at 10:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
IN MY OPINION ONLY

I support his sisters. If i owned a much bigger business that had to have employees I wouldn't employ a family member. I'll tell them to work elsewhere except my 75 year old dad, he's the best. I run a smal ebay business and opened a ebay store for my girlfriend, I do it all for her and she cannot go spending alone, only with me when we're going shopping I let her use her PayPal card then it's back in my wallet. I wouldn't allow her family to take advantage of her but I allow her to spoil the grandkids.

August 06 2012 at 10:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lacabrera

I couldn't work for a family member either ,good for her ,now she has her own money !

August 06 2012 at 10:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nldekker

Just goes to show that will all his billions, Zuckerberg has always been, and will always be, a tool.

August 06 2012 at 9:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
investrman

His Facebook IPO was the greatest stock con job played on the gullible public, and he sold out at the IPO open and a couple of his buddies also who denounced their US citizenship prior the IPO (before they sold their stock too) and avoided paying IRS capital gains taxes after they sold it at the highs.

It is and was a fraud and the whole business is nothing that contributes anything productive to existing in this world. They plugegd him as the new Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but they had innovative techological advances- Facebook is a time wasting place for people so willing to put their private daily details out for the world to see and become scammed further by hackers, stalkers, and the like...

What they did to investors is criminal and cnbc even ought to take some responsibility for the nonstop plugging of its IPO too... This makes Bernie Madoff look like a small timer.

August 06 2012 at 9:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Spero

Go girls, go! Face to face to brother Mark. Charge!!!

August 06 2012 at 8:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ReddFoxx

So, who really gives a ratz a$$?

August 06 2012 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
elaine

Just go away, chooch, pleeeeezzzzeeeee.......

August 06 2012 at 8:09 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
jwyola

Actually, none of their respective products are something to write home about. How is humanity been helped by anything the Zucks have produced? Obviously, they are uber intelligent people, and the best that they collectively can come up with are juvenile sites, and puerile feuds

August 06 2012 at 7:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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