- Jan Koum founded Whatsapp in 2009
- Facebook bought Whatsapp in 2014 for a $22 billion deal
- Koum clashed with Facebook over data privacy concerns
Whatsapp founder Jan Koum is a multibillionaire. But when he was younger, no one imagined he would reach where he is right now.
His rags to riches story started in Ukraine where life was so hard that his household did not have running water. When he was 16 years old, he moved to the U.S. with his family, per Business Insider. Life did not immediately improve, but the young Koum had to strive to survive. He finished books about computers when he was in high school. He worked for Ernst and Young after getting a degree at San Jose State University. It was at Ernst and Young where he met future Whatsapp co-founder Brian Acton, who was working for Yahoo at the time.