|Primary Company||Snapchat||Birthday||4 Jun 1990|
|Estimated Net Worth||At least $2 billion||Residences||Los Angeles, California, United States
Brentwood, California, United States
||Los Angeles, California, United States
|Alternative Names||Evan Spiegel
Native of the U.S., Spiegel attended Art Center College of Design; studied Product Design at Stanford University and dropped out of the university in 2012. In 2011, Spiegel, Frank Brown, and Robert Cornelius Murphy began developing Snapchat, a photo messaging application. The application allows for images and videos to be sent between individuals, which are then deleted from the recipient's device and Snapchat servers, after a specified time. Spiegel, Brown and Murphy formed the Toyopa Group, a partnership company which developed Snapchat; Spiegel also serves as CEO of Snapchat. Frank Brown appears to have been excluded from the partnership due to undisclosed circumstances and he went on to sue the company. In September 2014, the dispute over Brown's claim of an ownership interest in Snapchat was resolved on mutually agreeable terms, which were confidential. In February 2013, Snapchat raised an initial offering of $13.5 million in funding, which valued the company between $60 million to $70 million. In June 2013, the company raised its second round of funding of $60 million, valuing the company at $800 million. In November 2013, several bids to buyout Snapchat were made, including one by Facebook valued at $3 billion and one by Google valued at $4 billion. Snapchat rejected the buyout offers for unspecified reasons. In May 2015, Snapchat reportedly raised $530 million in equity, which valued the company at $16 billion.
|Institution Name||Qualification Name||Education Type||Start Date||End Date|
|Stanford University||Dropped Out||Undergraduate||2012|
|Reportedly, he grew up in a wealthy family and views success as luck while others see it as a function of effort.|
|Spiegel moved from his father's house and bought a 2,842-square foot Spanish style house located in Los Angeles, California.|
|In April 2007, at the age of 17, his parents split after 20 years of marriage and he chose to live with his father at a $4.25 million estate on Toyopa Drive, Los Angeles, just four blocks away from his childhood home where his mother still lives.|
|Reportedly, his admission to Stanford University was granted as a result of the donations his parents made to the university.|
|At the age of 17, Spiegel was driving a 2006 Cadillac Escalade, which his father bought new for $56,000; later wanted a $75,000 BMW 535i. He also wrote a note to his father asking for $1,992 a month for car, food, entertainment and clothing expenses. He also wanted a $2,000 "emergency fund" because his "life is full of unforeseen expenses". His father who was already giving him an allowance of $250 per week refused. As a result, Spiegel racked up more than 11 bank overdrafts. He asked his mother for the car, who finally agreed but he soon got a speeding ticket for driving 62 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone.|
|In November 2014, Snapchat reportedly announced the launch of "Snapcash" in partnership with San Francisco, California-based online payment company Square, allowing users to send money to each other.|
|In March 2016, Snapchat agreed to buy Toronto, Canada-based web and mobile application developing company Bitstrips for more than $100 million.|
|In November 2014, Spiegel reportedly purchased his first house located in Brentwood, California, for $3.3 million. It was reported that he had been living with his father in Pacific Palisades, California, until he bought his own house.|
|Used to follow the courses of Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, California, that cost Spiegel's father $75,000 every year for Spiegel and his two sisters.|
|In 2011, Frank Reginald Brown, IV, reportedly had a telephone conversation with Spiegel about their partnership with Spiegel hanging up on him. Over the next few days, Frank Reginald Brown, IV, was shut out of the partnership to prevent him from doing any further work on the Snapchat application. Frank Reginald Brown, IV, had tried to contact Spiegel again in 2012 to resolve the matter without litigation. He claimed Spiegel and Robert Murphy responded with a legal letter from a lawyer. In September 2014, Snapchat and Brown announced that the dispute over Brown's claim of an ownership interest in Snapchat was resolved on mutually agreeable terms. The terms of the settlement were confidential.|
|As a child he used to spend holidays with his family in Maui, Hawaii, summers at La Jolla's Beach and Tennis Club in San Diego, California, and vacations in Europe, along with frequent shopping sprees.|
|Spiegel and Bonny Murphy lived together at Stanford University; they created their first project "Future Freshman", a college guidance website. However, the project failed to attract users.|
|Joined Kappa Sigma and soon became its social chair. However, the fraternity got into trouble in the fall of 2010 when it held a party with alcohol during a "dry" weekend. The administration judged the incident to be a part of a pattern and kicked the fraternity off the campus.|
|In March 2015, Hangzhou, China-based e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding reportedly announced plans to invest around $200 million in Snapchat, valuing the company at up to $15 billion.|
|In September 2015, Snapchat reportedly agreed to acquire San Francisco, California-based mobile application development company Looksery for about $150 million.|
|Reportedly, Spiegel's family has five luxury cars, including three Lexus and a restored 1966 Mustang as well as memberships at the Riviera Club, the California Club, the Jonathan Club and the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. They took regular trips to Europe, the Bahamas and Maui.|
|During his sixth grade, he had bonded with his computer teacher and learned to build a computer from scratch.|
|While he was still living with his father, Spiegel used the services of Greg Grande, the set designer of the movie "Friends" to redecorate his room. The room had a white leather custom king-size bed, Venetian plaster, floating bookshelves, a state-of-the-art computer, two designer desk chairs and custom closets. He also installed a movie theater with an 8-foot screen in the basement of the house and was able to control the setup from his bedroom.|
|Reportedly, Spiegel was first approached by Frank Reginald Brown, IV, to share the initial idea of the Snapchat application. They then enlisted Robert Murphy, a fellow Stanford University student, to develop the software for it. The initial explicit agreement was equal interests with one third ownership and profit sharing between the three of them. The partnership also agreed that Frank Reginald Brown, IV, would serve as Chief Marketing Officer, Spiegel as CEO and Robert Murphy as Chief Technology Officer, with each of them having equal say in the control and management of the partnership. In 2011, Spiegel and Partners lived in his father's home to develop the Snapchat application.|
|While living at this father's house, he used to throw many parties. On one occasion, in October 2007, about 300 teenagers came to the house and one girl suffered a "medical emergency" and was hospitalized.|
|In May 2016, Spiegel and his girlfriend Miranda Kerr purchased a 7,164 square-foot mansion in Brentwood, California, for $12 million.|
|Spiegel and his friend, Bobby Murphy, who was a Math student at Stanford University, developed an application called Picaboo that could send photo messages to contacts with a timer that would remove them in 10 seconds or less.|
|After he got accepted by Stanford University, he accepted an internship with a biomedical company but later decided he wanted to be a teacher so he went to Cape Town in South Africa to teach students on how to get jobs.|
|In November 2013, Facebook offered to buyout Snapchat for $3 billion. However, Snapchat turned down the offer, as well as several other bids, including a rumored $4-billion bid by Google. China-based Tencent Holdings, appeared to have made investment offers to Snapchat as well. In December 2014, a private email exchange between Michael Lynton, the CEO of movie production company Sony Entertainment, who is also a Board Member of Snapchat, and Spiegel and several other Snapchat directors was leaked as part of a massive hacking attack on Sony's email systems. The hacked e-mails confirmed that Snapchat rejected an acquisition offer of more than $3 billion from Facebook in 2013 and showed that Zuckerberg blamed Snapchat for leaking the deal to the press to boost its fundraising efforts and Snapchat investors spurred Spiegel to apologize to Zuckerberg. It was also reported that Spiegel was very upset over the leaked emails which contained important company information and addressed the revelations in a letter saying, "We keep secrets because we get to do our work free from judgment until we're ready to share it, I am so sorry that our work has been violated and exposed."|
|In May 2014, a series of e-mails written by Spiegel to his fraternity brothers at Stanford University was leaked publicly by media blog Gawker's Valleywag. The letter, which he wrote during his college days, had insensitive statements regarding women. Spiegel apologized and said, "I'm obviously mortified and embarrassed that my idiotic e-mails during my fraternity days were made public. I have no excuse. I'm sorry I wrote them at the time and I was a jerk to have written them. They in no way reflect who I am today or my views towards women."|
|During his senior year, he did an unpaid internship at Red Bull, where according to his friend, a priest, he "learned about marketing and assisted with various computer and graphic design projects." Spiegel's version of his time at Red Bull was, "I learned how to throw great parties and I had a blast."|
|Reportedly, the school where he was studying didn't allow him to park his car on campus, Spiegel's father called a longtime client that favored him a parking spot at the next door property of the school.|
|In February 2013, Snapchat raised $13.5 million in funding, which valued the company between $60 million to $70 million. By June, the company had raised its second round of funding of $60 million, valuing the company at $800 million. After a $163 million investment from American Internet corporation Yahoo in October 2014, Snapchat was valued at $10 billion. In March 2016, the company raised $175 million in its latest funding round, valuing it at $16 billion. In May 2016, the company raised $1.8 billion in funds, valuing it at about $20 billion.|
|During the early stages of Snapchat, Spiegel tested the application with random people including the homeless. He gave them an iPhone and asked them to snap pictures. He would then look for their reaction and answer their questions.|
Interests, Passion, Hobbies
|Business - Entrepreneurship||Co-founded Snapchat, a photo messaging application; the application was launched on the Apple AppStore in September 2011.|
|Public Speaking||Reportedly spoke at a Stanford Women in Business conference in the U.S.|
|Technology||Founded FutureFreshman.com, a site with a guide for students, parents, and counselors on how to manage the college application process, with Bobby Murphy, after they developed an application called Picaboo and Snapchat.|
|Design||Attended Art Center College of Design in California; studied graphic design, advertising and letterpress printing. He also attended classes at the Arts Center College of Design in Pasadena.|
|Outdoors||Reportedly proficient at snowboarding. Spiegel and his father had gone snowboarding by helicopter in Canada. He also enjoys jet skiing and wake boarding.|
|Philanthropy||When Spiegel was a teenager, he was involved in volunteer work. Every Christmas, his father would take him and his two sisters to hand out food at the Head Start centers in California. Also through their church, All Saints Episcopal in Beverly Hills, California they traveled to Mexico to build houses for the poor.|
|Vehicles - Cars||Appears to be passionate about luxury cars. Used to own a 2006 Cadillac Escalade and a BMW 535i.|
|Does not appear to have much of an appetite for philanthropic giving; may donate anonymously. Does not appear to have a family foundation.|
|Sister||Lauren Spiegel||Appears to be Spiegel's sister.
|Mother||Melissa Ann Thomas Spiegel||Graduated from Harvard Law School, used to work as a Tax Attorney. She was a Partner at Pillsbury, Madison, & Sutro; resigned to be a stay-at-home mom after her three children were born.
|Sister||Caroline Spiegel||Appears to be Spiegel's sister.
|Father||John Spiegel||Studied Economics at Stanford University and obtained his Law degree from Yale University. Is a Partner at the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson. Together with his former wife, Mellissa, they reside in Huntington Palisades, Los Angeles.
|Significant Other||Miranda May Kerr||33||Is an Australian model and the Founder of Kora Organics. The couple started dating in June 2015.
|Ex-Girlfriend||Taylor Alison Swift||26||Appears to have dated Spiegel after they met at a tech-industry holiday party.
|Party Affiliation||Unknown||Political Profile||Does not appear to publicly support any political party or philosophy.|