Who is Jan Koum?
Jan Koum is a US-based billionaire, co-
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Sold to Facebook
In 2014 Facebook paid $19.3 billion, a value which was created in just 5 years. Whatsapp had ‘just’ 400 million users. It was the largest acquisition of a venture-
Facebook paid $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in Facebook shares, and $3 billion in restricted stock units. These restricted stock units were granted to WhatsApp’s founders Koum and Acton. Koum remained WhatsApp’s CEO and became a member of Facebook’s board of directors. He left in 2018.
Koum Net Worth
At the sale of WhatsApp, he received around US$ 2 billion in cash and 76 million Facebook shares. Those shares alone are worth $17 billion. But he gave some away. Forbes estimates Koum net worth at $10 billion. He has donated more than US$ 500 million to charity.
Porsche Car Collection
Koum owns a large collection of Porsche cars. The collection has more than 100 cars. He owes a lot to Porsche, with his desire to own one of the German sports cars, lighting a fire under his ambition in the early years of his career. “For me, a Porsche always represented the epitome of success,” he said. “And the desire to have a car like that was a key incentive to learn more and to work even harder.”
In early 2019 when he ran out of garage space, he auctioned 10 of his cars. A rare 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach was sold for US$ 1.5 million. A yellow 1993 Porsche 964 Carrera RS 3.8 was sold for US$ 1.1 million.
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Jan Koum House
He owns several houses in the USA. But his main residence is said to be Atherthon in California. He bought several adjoining plots to create a very large residence. On one of the plots, he built a museum-like building to house his collection of rare Porsche cars. (See the photos down at this page).
He also bought a US$ 100 million mansion in Paradise Cove in Malibu.