Brian Acton

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Brian Acton (born 1972) is an computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He is the executive chairman of the Signal Foundation.[1][2]

Brian Acton
Born1972/1973 (age 50–51)[3]
Michigan, U.S.
EducationBachelor of Science
Alma mater
Years active1992 – present
OrganizationSignal Foundation
Known for
Net worthUS$2.5 Billion
(August 2020)[3]
TitleExecutive Chairman[4][5]
Spouse(s)Tegan Acton

He previously worked at Yahoo!, and currently co-founded of WhatsApp.[6]

Education[change | change source]

Acton graduated from Lake Howell High School.[7] Acton started studying engineering from the University of Pennsylvania but left after a year to study at Stanford.[7] He holds bachelor's degree in computer science from Stanford University.[8]

Career[change | change source]

In 1992, he became a systems administrator for Rockwell International, before becoming a product tester at Apple Inc. and Adobe Systems. In 1996, he became the 44th employee hired by Yahoo inc.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Signal Foundation". Retrieved 2021-05-02.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2021-01-24. Retrieved 2021-05-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Brian Acton". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  4. Marlinspike, Moxie; Acton, Brian (21 February 2018). "Signal Foundation". Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  5. "Statement of Information". California Secretary of State. 28 August 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 January 2021. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  6. "Brian Acton". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-05-02.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sentinel, By Richard Burnett, Orlando. "Billionaire-to-be Brian Acton got tech start at Lake Howell High". Retrieved 2021-05-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. "Facebook turned down WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton for job in 2009". the Guardian. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2021-05-02.