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Brian Acton

Cofounder, WhatsApp Inc.
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Net worth 2018: $6.72 Billion
Industry: Technology
Residence: Palo Alto, California
Country: United States
BirthDay: 17 February 1972
Sigh: Pisces
Children: 1
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Stanford University
BIOGRAPHY

Brian Acton was bornon 17 February 1972 in Palo Alto, California, United States, is Cofounder, WhatsApp Inc.. Brian Acton is #266 in List Billionaires People In The World. Computer engineer Brian Acton cofounded messaging app WhatsApp with Jan Koum in 2007; the two had met while working at Yahoo. The pair sold WhatsApp to Facebook for $22 billion in cash and stock in 2014. Acton received about $3 billion for his stake in Whatsapp. WhatsApp is now one of the biggest mobile messaging apps with 1.3 billion monthly active users, mostly outside of the United States. Brian Acton donated Facebook shares worth nearly $290 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation following Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2014

$3.4 Billion

2015

$4 Billion

2016

$5.4 Billion

2017

$5.6 Billion

2018

$6.72 Billion

TIMELINE
2017

In September 2017, Acton announced that he was leaving WhatsApp to start a foundation

2014

In 2014, Koum and Acton agreed to sell WhatsApp to Facebook for approximately $19 billion USD in cash and stock

2009

According to Acton's personal Twitter feed, he was turned down for employment by both Twitter and Facebook in 2009

2007

In September 2007 Koum and Acton left Yahoo and took a year off, traveling around South America and playing ultimate frisbee

2000

Acton invested in the dotcom boom and lost millions in the dot-com bubble of 2000

1998

In 1998, Jan Koum was hired by Yahoo as an infrastructure engineer shortly after he met Acton while working at Ernst & Young as a security tester

1996

In 1996, he became the 44th employee hired by Yahoo Inc

1994

He graduated from Stanford University in 1994 with a degree in computer science

1992

In 1992, he became a systems administrator for Rockwell International, before becoming a product tester at Apple Inc

1972

Brian Acton (born February 17, 1972) is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur

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