Jan Koum is a Ukrainian American computer programmer who is best known as the co-founder of WhatsApp. He is also an entrepreneur and has served as the chief executive officer of the mobile messaging application, ‘WhatsApp’. He is one of the richest Americans and has been associated with various other companies. He is also a philanthropist and has made financial contributions to various organizations. Now let’s have a closer look at the net worth of Jan Koum in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Jan Koum was born on 24 February 1976, in Kiev, Soviet Union (Ukraine). He was raised in Fastiv and is of Jewish origin. In 1992, he moved to the United States along with his mother and grandmother. They later, settled in an apartment in Mountain View, California. They were assisted by a social support program.
His father, who never left Ukraine, died in 1997. His mother used to work as a babysitter, and he himself used to work in a grocery store as a cleaner. He became interested in programming when he was 18 years old and later enrolled in the San Jose State University.
Jan Koum is very secretive about his private life. It has been reported that he is in a relationship with Evelina Mambetova, who is a Ukrainian model. They are dating each other since 2014 and are soon to get married. As a philanthropist, Koum has made donations to The FreeBSD Foundation and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. He was charged in 1996 for physically and verbally abusing his former girlfriend.
Career, Award & Nominations
In the beginning, Jan Joum worked as a security tester in Ernst & Young. In 1996, he joined “w00w00” which was a group of online hackers. In there, he happened to meet Jordan Ritter and Shawn Fanning. At Ernst & Young, he met Brian Acton in 1997. That same year, he was hired by Yahoo! in the capacity of an infrastructure engineer. He remained with Yahoo! for nine years and left the company in September 2007.
After buying an iPhone in 2009, he founded WhatsApp in the same year along with Brian Acton. WhatsApp soon went on to become a popular app for sending messages and replaced SMS. It became available on multiple platforms and attracted many users. The app is used in multiple countries including India, Brazil, France, and the United Kingdom. Today WhatsApp has got many features including call and voice calls.
Later, Koum was invited by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to join the Facebook board. In 2014, WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion. In 2016, he sold Facebook stock worth $2.4 billion. At the 2015 8th Annual Crunchies Awards, he was the runner-up for the Founder of the Year Award. Jan Koum is still known to have stocks worth $2.4 billion with Facebook.
Net Worth & Earnings
Consider knowing the net worth of a person who has made contributions worth millions of dollar to several organizations? He is a very successful entrepreneur and has made a net worth of over $10 billion. In 2014, his company WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for $19.3 billion. He sold his stock worth $2.4 billion on Facebook and has another stock worth $2.4 billion. Before WhatsApp, he was employed with Yahoo!. He is currently the 62nd richest American and is a self-made billionaire. In 2014, he became the highest ranked newcomer in Forbes list.
Jan Koum is an influential person. He built his own career and successfully went on to found WhatsApp, which today is one of the most popular messaging apps. He is very talented and could still come up with something new.