“The desire to buy a
Everybody knows WhatsApp. But only a few people know the man behind it—Jan Koum. A native of Ukraine, he invented the messaging app that is now used by more than a billion people worldwide. Koum coded WhatsApp and made it into the highly coveted entity that was bought by Facebook two years ago for $19 billion. Koum became a member of the Facebook board of directors and is one of the two hundred richest people in the world. A modern-day fairy tale.
But Koum doesn’t flaunt his wealth. He makes public appearances wearing T-shirts, jeans, and sneakers—the unmistakable outfit of a programmer. Nor does he make any compromises when it comes to his cars. “My brand is
Koum bought his first 911, a 2003 Cabriolet, exactly ten years ago. He smiles as he describes what he calls his “convertible phase.” Now he’s a fan of coupes in the 964 and 993 series. “There’s nothing better than the joy of driving an original air-cooled
By Thomas Lötz
Photos by Robert Gallagher
Residence: San Francisco, USA
Profession: Engineer, member of the Facebook board of directors