(Net Worth was $9.2 Billion in 2015)
About Jan Koum
Jan Koum is an internet entrepreneur with an estimated net worth of $10.5 Billion. Jan Koum founded one of the most innovative and in the market at the right time idea’s anyone can ever think of amassing so quickly. With millions of users in a few years time his invention paid off and even Facebook was looking into this quickly growing piece of technology that grabbed the internet by the horns. A messaging application for mobile devices that Facebook bought out for US$19 Billion in february 2014. Since then the mobile messaging application grew to monetizing a profitable return model for Facebook with 900 Million MAU’s there’s no telling that WhatsApp is a multi Billion dollar tech giant of an empire. WhatsApp Co-Founder not only has a Billion dollar future ahead of him but his past derives from humble beginnings when he was part of a hackers group called w00w00 where he met the future founders of Napster, Shawn Fanning and Jordan Ritter. In 2014 he donated over a half a Billion dollars to The FreeBSD Foundation and to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation the same year. Jan Koum also sits on the Board of Directors of Facebook and owns about 3.76% of Facebook Inc. which in this case makes him one of the largest shareholders of Facebook Inc. giving him a seat in 208th place of the richest Billionaires Club of the World on Forbes. He sure is powerful.