Out of many billionaires in the world, many of them come from Standford University. Out of Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, even Evan Speigel; the founder of Snapchat mobile app founder falls on the list. Evan who is an American Internet entrepreneur is the co-founder and CEO of the Snapchat mobile app together with Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown.
Evan Spiegel formerly Evan Thomas Spiegel, Gemini, was born on 4 June 1990 in LA, California. Raised in Pacific Palisades, CA Evan's parents are lawyers, namely Melissa Ann Thomas and John W. Spiegel. Although being the son of lawyers he never was interested in that field and was more indulged in computers and designs. He attended Episcopal Church, US.
He was a child of the prosperous family and received $250 a week as allowance but when he asked his father for a BMW car he refused. As his parents were already disproved he went to his mother's house protesting it and that's when he received his first car worth $75000.
Spiegel attended the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, Santa Monica. Being an art enthusiast, he took special design classes while he was in high school in Otis College of Art and Design. Before entering Stanford University for further studies, Spiegel also attended Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. He chose ‘product design’ program among all in the University. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts/Science.
In order to concentrate in his project ‘Snapchat’, he left Stanford University. This app was a project started at class along with his colleagues, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown.
Evan once had an unpaid internship at Red Bull sales department. After that, he went into Kappa Sigma fraternity where he met Bobby. Murphy hired Evan for designing Google Circle like social network which was a failure.
Even after the first failure, he didn’t give up. He started a new project named Future Freshman. This online software was aimed to be used by management of the college, counselors, students and parents. This project did not go well, however, Evan became popular. He started a new project named ‘Picaboo’ after creating the idea of disappearing pictures. Evan and his colleagues were made fun off because of apps’ least implementation in a real world. Later, the team re-launched this app renaming it to ‘Snapchat’ in September 2011.
Snapchat was not a popular app back then. Few colleagues and workers used snap chat for time pass and off works. But as it introduced filters and other features like sharing finite time photo, slow motion videos, and video chat, people started gazing upon this app.
Pointing to the increasing number of users, Evan, and his team focused on providing more features than before. Thus, the snap chat was updated to new version 2.0 on May 2014 with a bit confusing but featured interface. This update featured a story mode, through which one can view photos and videos shared within 24 hours of time. Snapchat rose from normal app to creative messaging app when it introduced face swap features on 22 April 2016. This feature allows the user to swap face of photos on your gallery. Apart from that, this app featured force touch, new lenses, trophies, video calls, front facing flash and more. With such immense updates, the company grew at a prodigious rate over 5 years of establishment. In 2016, it hit 10 billion video views daily.
Evan always has expensive taste in affairs. In 2013, he dated Lucinda Aragon. She appeared for the first time in ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ show. Later in December 2013, Evan met Taylor Swift. As reported by OK Magazine, the low profile life of Evan made Taylor interested in him.
In 2014, Spiegel met supermodel Miranda Kerr at Louis Vuitton dinner party. Later in 2015, Evan started dating Miranda. On July 20, 2016, they got engaged.
As of August 2016, Evan Spiegel’s net worth counts $2.1 billion. He falls on 854th position on Billionaires list 2016 and 306th in the US. He is ranked 12th in America’s Richest Entrepreneurs under 40, 2015.
Although Snapchat is valued at $20 billion, Evan hanged around in his father home until he bought his own home in Brentwood, LA. The Spanish-style house cost him $3.3 million.
This house covers 2800 square feet of area. The three-bedroom house was renovated in 2012. The house also features huge backyard and outside fireplace. He might have bought this house to stay close to his father as it is just 4 miles away from his father’s home.
Evan’s family is pretty fond of premium cars. They have 5 cars that include 1966 Mustang, and Lexus car models. He got Cadillac Escalade (2006) as a gift from his parents while learning how to drive. Evan’s personal collection includes Ferrari, which he bought with his own money.
Snapchat as a mobile messaging app enables you to send photos, videos along with video chat features. It is a complete app for sharing images, videos, filling pictures with filters, swap faces and also self-destruct feature.