Brian Acton is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur who co-founded What’s App along with Jan Koum. What’s app was later acquired by Facebook for the US $19 Billion.
Networth – 250 crores USD (2019)
Acton comes from a long line of businessmen & women. His grandmother had started a golf club in Michigan; his mother founded a freight-forwarding business in 1985, teaching him to take the responsibilities of a business owner extremely seriously.
Married to Tegan Acton. Tegan serves as the principal at Sunlight Giving, Solidarity Giving, and Acton Family Giving.
In January 2009, Koum bought an iPhone and realized that the then seven-month-old App Store was about to spawn a whole new industry of apps.
He visited his friend Alex Fishman and talked about developing an app. Koum almost immediately chose the name WhatsApp because it sounded like “what’s up”, and a week later on his birthday, Feb. 24, 2009, he incorporated WhatsApp Inc. in California.
Brian Acton and Jan Koum
Brian Acton & Jan Koum met at Yahoo & worked together. Post Yahoo they applied at Facebook for a job & were rejected.
They found WhatsApp together & finally sold it to Facebook.
Acton in Forbes
Forbes interviewed Brian Acton with the heading: WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On #DeleteFacebook And Why He Left $850 Million Behind.
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Brian Acton Success Story
Brian Acton is known as an ethical business person as he left $850 Million behind from the deal of Whatsapp – Facebook that he found along with Jan Koum.
Acton rejected the proposal by Facebook to run targeted ads on Whatsapp to their users post-Facebook buy off of WhatsApp.
Due to these differences, he had to leave part of his shares that were promised to him by Facebook during the acquisition of Whatsapp.
Acton and his wife Tegan Acton started Sunlight Giving in 2014. Sunlight Giving is a family foundation dedicated to supporting the basic services of low-income families with young children ages 0–5.