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WhatsApp: The incredible story of the founder Jan Koum

Whatsapp founder Jan Koum

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Within a short time, Whatsapp has become one of the most widely used apps. For many smartphone users, sending messages, photos and videos via Whatsapp is now as much a part of everyday life as eating or brushing teeth.

But unlike Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg or Twitter boss Jack Dorsey, Whatsapp founder Jan Koum is hardly known. Today’s billionaire with roots from Ukraine has an impressive life story behind him.

He was born in 1976 in simple circumstances in the former Soviet Union. 38 years later, his app idea and a deal with Facebook made him a multi-billionaire. At times, his family was even dependent on food stamps.

In our picture gallery you can find the incredible story of Whatsapp, its founder Jan Koum and what he did with the money from the Facebook deal.

From poor troublemaker to billionaire: the incredible story of Whatsapp founder Jan Koum

This article was published by NewsABC.net in July 2020. It has now been reviewed and updated.

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