Jan Koum

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Jan Koum (Ukrainian: Ян Кум; born February 24, 1976) is a Ukrainian American entrepreneur and computer programmer. He is the co-founder and was the CEO of WhatsApp.[1]

Jan Koum
Ян Кум
Jan Koum (cropped).jpg
Koum, in 2013
Born (1976-02-24) February 24, 1976 (age 46)
CitizenshipAmerican
Alma materSan Jose State University (dropped out)
Known forCo-founded WhatsApp with Brian Acton in 2009
Net worthUS$9.9 billion (January 15, 2021)[2]

Early life and career[change | change source]

Koum was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. He was raised and grew up in Fastiv, outside Kyiv, and moved with his mother and grandmother to Mountain View, California.[3][4][5][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Jan Koum". www.topionetworks.com. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
  2. "Forbes profile: Jan Koum". Forbes. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  3. youtube. "WhatsApp Founder Jan Koum's Jewish Rags-to-Riches Tale". The Forward. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
  4. Rowan, David. "WhatsApp: The inside story". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Olson, Parmy. "Exclusive: The Rags-To-Riches Tale Of How Jan Koum Built WhatsApp Into Facebook's New $19 Billion Baby". Forbes. Retrieved May 2, 2021.