76. Brian Ac­ton


What­sapp’s co­founder an­nounced in Septem­ber that he is leav­ing the mes­sag­ing ser­vice he co­founded with Jan Koum (No. 48) 8 years ago. Ac­ton said he will be start­ing a non­profit. He ap­plied for a job at Face­book but was turned down in 2009, the same year he helped start What­sapp. Five years later the so­cial net­work paid $22 billion in cash and stock for the com­pany, which now has 1 billion daily users, who send 55 billion mes­sages on the plat­form each day. Ac­ton and Koum worked to­gether at Ya­hoo.

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