Luckey sold his virtual reality company Oculus to Facebook for $2 billion in 2014, and Forbes estimates his current net worth to be $700 million. The 24-year-old told The Daily Beast that he had used the pseudonym “NimbleRichMan” on Reddit with a password given to him by the organization’s founders.
He financially backed a pro-Trump political organization called Nimble America, a self-described “social welfare 501(c)4 non-profit” in support of the Republican nominee.
In March 2017 Oculus announced Luckey was leaving Facebook. The spokesperson confirmed that this is Luckey's last week at Oculus, but declined to say whether he was fired or left voluntarily. Luckey couldn't be reached for comment.
In the last six months, Luckey has kept a low profile. He was absent from Oculus's annual developer conference in October and not mentioned when Oculus restructured its leadership team in December. In January, Zuckerberg hired Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra to lead all of Facebook's virtual reality efforts.
Luckey's last public appearance on behalf of Oculus was in February, when he testified in a Dallas lawsuit by game maker ZeniMax that claimed Oculus was based on stolen technology.
While Oculus wasn't found guilty of stealing trade secrets from ZeniMax, the jury did find the company to be guilty of patent infringement and ordered Facebook to pay $500 million in damages. The jury also found that Luckey violated a signed non-disclosure agreement with ZeniMax during Oculus's early days. He was personally ordered to pay $50 million for false designation.more » « less