Mark Zuckerberg should fill out one of the claim association forms from the California State Comptroller’s office. Turns out, he has an unclaimed pay cheque from 2004 from PayPal to the tune of $US308.62.
Zuck’s not alone. The state of California has $US6 billion in unclaimed property owed to millions of residents. Those assets can be estates, mineral interests, safety deposit boxes, mutual funds and so forth. A statistician named Christopher Long has found the funniest ones — the outstanding pay cheques, many of which are owed to mega-rich tech execs back in the say when they were still subsisting off of ramen and working out of their parents’ garages.
For example, Sergey Brin has a pay cheque for $US1184.49 waiting for him from Stanford University. Steve Wozniak has $US269 in cheques that he’s owed from several sources. That’s probably chump change to these guys now, but back in the early years, it made a difference. [AngryStatistician via BetaBeat]