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Jan Koum

CEO, cofounder, WhatsApp Inc.
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Net worth 2018: $9.14 Billion
Industry: Technology
Residence: Kiev, Ukraine
Country: United States
BirthDay: 24 February 1976
Sigh: Pisces
Height: 1.88 m
Education: Drop Out, San Jose State University
BIOGRAPHY

Jan Koum was bornon 24 February 1976 in Kiev, Ukraine, United States, is CEO, cofounder, WhatsApp Inc.. Jan Koum is #163 in List Billionaires People In The World. Jan Koum cofounded WhatsApp, now the world's biggest mobile messaging service, in 2009. Facebook bought the startup for $22 billion in cash and stock in 2014; Koum sits on Facebook's board. Koum worked at Yahoo for nearly nine years before leaving to found WhatsApp. In October 2014, Koum donated $555 million of Facebook shares to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2014

$7.6 Billion

2015

$7.7 Billion

2016

$8.8 Billion

2017

$9 Billion

2018

$9.14 Billion

I want to do one thing and do it well.

Jan Koum
TIMELINE
2016

Over the first half of 2016, Koum sold more than $2

2014

In November 2014, Koum donated one million dollars to The FreeBSD Foundation, and close to $556 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) the same year

2012

Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg first contacted Koum in the spring 2012

2009

Koum almost immediately chose the name WhatsApp because it sounded like "what's up", and a week later on his birthday, February 24, 2009, he incorporated WhatsApp Inc

2007

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

1997

In 1997, Jan Koum was hired by Yahoo as an infrastructure engineer, shortly after he met Brian Acton while working at Ernst & Young as a security tester

1996

In February 1996, a restraining order was granted against Koum in state court in San Jose, California

1992

He grew up in Fastiv, outside Kiev, and moved with his mother and grandmother to Mountain View, California in 1992, where a social support program helped the family to get a small two-bedroom apartment, at the age of 16

1976

Jan Koum (Ukrainian: Ян Кум; born February 24, 1976) is a Ukrainian-American internet inventor and computer programmer

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