Brian Acton : Srivideo Wikipedia
Born/Date of Birth: February 17, 1972
Place of Birth: Michigan, United States
Residence: California, United States
Education: Stanford University (1994), University of Pennsylvania (1991), Lake Howell High School
Organization: Signal Foundation
Known for: Co-founded WhatsApp with Jan Koum in 2009
Co-founded Signal Foundation with Moxie Marlinspike in 2018
Net worth: US$2.5 billion (November 2019)
Title: Executive Chairman
Spouse(s): Tegan Acton
Brian Acton (born February 17, 1972) is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. Acton is the executive chairman of the Signal Foundation, which he co-founded with Moxie Marlinspike in 2018.
He was formerly employed at Yahoo!, and co-founded (with Jan Koum) WhatsApp, a mobile messaging application which was acquired by Facebook in February 2014 for US$19 billion. Acton left WhatsApp in September 2017 to start the Signal Foundation. According to Forbes (2018), Acton is the 76th-richest man in America, with a net worth of $7 billion.
Early life and education
Acton, born in Michigan, grew up in Central Florida, where he graduated from Lake Howell High School. Acton received a full scholarship to study engineering at the University of Pennsylvania but left after a year to study at Stanford. He graduated from Stanford University in 1994 with a degree in computer science.
In 1992, he became a systems administrator for Rockwell International, before becoming a product tester at Apple Inc. and Adobe Systems. In 1996, he became the 44th employee hired by Yahoo Inc.
In 1998, Jan Koum was hired by Yahoo! as an infrastructure engineer shortly after he met Acton while working at Ernst & Young as a security tester. Over the next nine years, they worked at Yahoo!. Acton invested in the dotcom boom and lost millions in the dot-com bubble of 2000. In September 2007 Koum and Acton left Yahoo! and took a year off, traveling around South America and playing ultimate frisbee. Both applied, and failed, to work at Facebook. 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.
In 2014, Koum and Acton agreed to sell WhatsApp to Facebook for approximately US$19 billion in cash and stock. Forbes estimates that Acton held over 20% stake in the company, making his net worth around $3.8 billion. According to Acton's personal Twitter feed, he was turned down for employment by both Twitter and Facebook in 2009. In September 2017, Acton left WhatsApp. Acton told Forbes that he left over a dispute with Facebook regarding monetization of WhatsApp, and voluntarily left $850 million in unvested options on the table by leaving a few months before vesting was completed. He also noted that he was coached by Facebook executives to mislead European regulators regarding Facebook's intention to merge Facebook and WhatsApp user data.
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.It also provides support for safe spaces and organizations that ensure food security, housing stability, and healthcare access.
Acton left WhatsApp in September 2017 to start a new foundation, the Signal Foundation. On March 20, 2018, Forbes reported that Acton had publicly tweeted support for the #DeleteFacebook movement, in a "new level of public backlash".
He is married to Tegan Acton.
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