With the growth of the rival amid developers in an internet world, it has become more challenging to create something innovative which is admired by every viewer. Ukrainian-American internet inventor and computer programmer, Jan Koum, has stormed the internet world by his creation 'WhatsApp' because of which the messaging service quietly grew even faster than Facebook.
Jan Koum's Professional Career
Jan Koum struggled a lot in the past which made him even more successful. He worked as a cleaner at a grocery store when he was young. And while growing up, he developed his interest in programming because of which he enrolled at San Jose State University. At the age of 18, Jan worked as a security tester in Ernst & Young.
Later, in the year 1997, he was hired by Yahoo as an infrastructure engineer where he met Brian Acton and worked there for next nine years. In September 2007, both of them left Yahoo and took a year off. Jan and Brian then applied on Facebook; however, they failed to work there. But, later on, 24 February 2009, he incorporated WhatsApp Inc. in California and became the CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp.
The app grabbed the limelight within no time and caught the attention of Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2012. And no sooner on 19 February 2014, Jan sold it to Facebook for US$19 billion.
How Much is His Net Worth?
With his groundbreaking deal made with Facebook founder, Jan has undoubtedly become a billionaire. However, people might wonder about the talented programer's net worth. Jan, who is regarded as the 170th richest celebrity in the world, has his estimated net worth of about $8.8 Billion as of 2018.
Does Jan Koum Have A Wife?
Whatsapp founder, Jan Koum, is one of the iconic figures and his personal affairs have become the matter of interest for some readers who are anxious about his love life.
When talking about the love life of billionaire Jan Koum, he keeps it a low profile. Well, he isn't married; however, there are some rumors which hint that he has a girlfriend. Delving deeply, Jan is said to be dating his so-called girlfriend, Evelina Mambetova, a Ukrainian model, with whom he is rumored to be together since 2014.
Jan Koum with his girlfriend Evelina posted on 16 May 2017 (Photo: therichest.com)
Rumors of him being a gay are often heard and don't appear to be valid in this context. Since the couple is dating each other for so long, it seems that the couple will exchange the wedding vows shortly which will make Evelina as Jan's wife.
Jan was born to his a construction manager father and a housewife mother at a small village outside Kiev. Despite the fact that he is a billionaire now, he had terrible times growing up. Social support program helped his family to get a small two-bedroom house. Later Jan migrated to the United States with his mother and grandmother. His mother passed away of cancer.
Ukrainian-American internet inventor, Jan Koum, was born on 24 February 1976, to his parents in Kiev, Ukraine. As per the wiki, Jan who stands at the height of 1.88 meters belongs to Jewish origin. He had completed his study at San Jose State University.