The multimillionaire founder of MySpace now travels the world taking jaw-dropping photographs

Tom anderson myspace iceland glacier hiking instagramTom Anderson/InstagramOne of Tom Anderson’s photos, taken in Iceland.

Remember Tom Anderson?

The founder of MySpace was assigned as the first friend of everyone joining the social network — connecting him to hundreds of millions of people around the globe. 

The glory days of MySpace are now long since gone, and (along with cofounder Chris DeWolfe) Tom sold his stake in the social network to News Corp for $580 million (£372 million) back in 2005.  

But he’s kept himself busy.

Buoyed up by his massive payday, today “MySpace Tom” says he’s retired, and spends his days travelling the world — taking some truly astonishing photographs.

His travels have taken him around the world, from the Philippines...

(Instagram) Manila, Philippines from the sky. That's the Pasig River and skyscrapers down below!

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Nov 6, 2013 at 8:12pm PST

... to Venice ...

(Instagram) I don't often take photos with an iPad, but when I do I'm usually in Venice

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Aug 5, 2012 at 8:14am PDT

... and Iceland ...

(Instagram) Christmas in Iceland :-) I was stunned to see how blue the ice can be here.

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Dec 25, 2014 at 9:59pm PST

He has uploaded hundreds of shots to his Instagram page. This is one of his first ever, uploaded on Christmas Eve, 2011 of where he was staying in LiJiang, China.

(Instagram) My crib in LiJiang, China

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Dec 23, 2011 at 5:55pm PST

And here's where he spent New Year's Eve that year. It's Yosetime, in California.

(Instagram) My New Years Eve -- among the trees, in the shade of mountains, under the stars. Better than any club :-)

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Jan 11, 2012 at 10:40am PST

He began uploading photos to Instagram as part of a challenge to upload a photo once a day Mon-Fri for a year. 'During the year, I've travelled all over the world and made incredible friends,' he said in an Instagram post. 'I've also lost people I love because of this pursuit :-( Photography has literally changed my life.' (This photo is under the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia.)

(Instagram) Under the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia -- built in 1932!

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Jan 9, 2013 at 8:02am PST

(Instagram) Source.

Many of his shots are taken in the US. This is in Arizona.

(Instagram) Exploring a slot canyon in Arizona. It was super muddy in here -- this isn't Antelope :-)

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Sep 4, 2014 at 10:21pm PDT

With millions of dollars in the bank, Tom is set for life. He's escaped the 9-to-5 grind for good.

He says he 'cut my leg up bad' shooting this underwater shot.

It doesn't look like a bad life.

(Instagram) Relaxing Hawaiian waterfall #minor-trespassing #oahu

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on May 1, 2013 at 12:41pm PDT

Tom also sometimes visits Burning Man, a countercultural Nevada Festival wildly popular with the tech crowd. (Google hired Eric Schmidt after he told Larry Page and Sergey Brin that he went to Burning Man.)

(Instagram) Burningman 2012 - that's a whale in the desert (it's also an art car) #burningman

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Aug 24, 2013 at 1:07pm PDT

It was at Burning Man in 2011 that Tom first first got into photography, he told ABC.

(Instagram) Look at this Storm coming towards us ! Burning Man 2012

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Sep 5, 2012 at 1:24pm PDT

(Instagram) Source.

He was inspired by his friend Trey Ratcliff, a professional photographer, 'whom he now credits for his quick development.'

(Instagram) Night lights created strange effect on Orcas Island #PNWBrave Night no. 5 of roadtrip!

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Sep 29, 2013 at 1:49pm PDT

Not all of his shots are travel photography. He's held a few photo shoots in his swimming pool.

Tom may not be nearly as famous as he once was, but he can joke about it.

(Instagram) Haha Yeaaaah! Heading to Vegas hope to get a few cool shots tonight :-)

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Mar 13, 2013 at 1:42pm PDT

In 2013, Tom's travels took him to Tokyo.

(Instagram) I was just trying to go to Forever 21 @ a Tokyo Mall and this giant robot attacked ! #lifeinjapan

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Apr 13, 2013 at 10:01am PDT

He hiked up Mt. Fuji while there.

(Instagram) On the road to Mt. Fuji in Japan we stopped to watch the sunset at this hillside temple

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Apr 27, 2013 at 12:11pm PDT

The decline of MySpace serves as a reminder that no matter how big tech giants seem today, they may not be here forever.

Tom took the time to visit London once. He says he 'nearly died from the cold, not the traffic!'

(Instagram) Oldie but goodie ; last year in London. I nearly died from the cold, not the traffic!

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Oct 11, 2013 at 2:15pm PDT

The jetsetting former tech entrepreneur has watched all 200 episodes of 'How I Met Your Mother.' He cried during the finale, he said on Twitter.

(Instagram) Finally discovered a secluded spot on Ko Phi Phi Leh, Thailand

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Nov 10, 2013 at 4:35pm PST

(Instagram) Source.

But could he ever be tempted to get back into the tech business?

(Instagram) A little backstreet near Guilin, China. It's like going back in time here :-)

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Jun 4, 2014 at 9:17am PDT

'Many people really seem to want that from me,' he told ABC. 'On the one hand it's flattering.'

(Instagram) Grand Teton Sunset, my first time here :-) wow!

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:26pm PDT

'I'll never say never, because more than anything I like the idea that anything can happen. I don't know exactly where my life will lead.'

(Instagram) Scenes from Oahu :-) Enjoy the weekend!

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on Sep 27, 2014 at 6:11pm PDT

'Adventure and the unknown has always been appealing to me.'

(Instagram) One night RV campin in the Pacific North West #pnwbrave !

A photo posted by Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) on May 10, 2014 at 10:59pm PDT

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