Jan koum is a computer engineer and entrepreneur. Jan Koum was born on February 24, 1976 in Kyiv, Ukraine, Soviet Union. He is a cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Whatsapp. He has a citizenship of the U.S. He is also a Managing Director at Facebook.
He was raised in Fastiv. At the age of just 16 years, he along with his grandmother and mother relocated to Mountain View, California in the year 1992. They lived in a small two bed room house with the help of a social support program. He preferred to live in rural surroundings. He worked as a grocery cleaner while his mother worked as a baby sitter to support the family. Jan Koum was graduated from San Jose State University in computer programming while working as a security tester at Ernst & Young.
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Jan Koum’s Parents
Jan Koum father, who was a farmer, stayed back in Ukraine to look after the flowers. He later expired in the year 1997. Jan Koum’s mother stayed with him in the U.S. His mother succumbed to the cancer in the year 2000. He lived with a disability allowance in the aftermath of illness of his mother.
Jan Koum’s Spouse – Evelina Mambetova
Evelina Mambetova, a Ukrainian Model, is the prominent lady in the life of Jan Koum.
Jan Koum has a net worth of US$19 billion on February 2014. He is ranked 62nd among the richest persons in the U.S. He sold the WhatsApp to Facebook for US$19 billion. Jan Koum donated US$1 million to FreeBSD Foundation in 2014. He also contributed US$556million to Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Jan Koum joined as an infrastructure engineer at Yahoo in the year 1997. He left Yahoo in 2007 and roamed across South America. He procured an iPhone in early 2009. He along with his friend – Alex fishman brainstormed an idea to develop an app and named it as WhatsApp. Brian Acton and Jan have established Whatsapp Inc. in the state of California on February 24, 2009. The messaging service was initially free and until the ability to transfer photos online. They started charging the fee for Whatsapp. They took some external funding for the development. He along with Brian Acton has simplified the communication for millions of people across the world allowing them to share messages, videos and photos. He later joined Facebook.