Daniel Ek

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Daniel Ek
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Born (1983-02-21) 21 February 1983 (age 31)
Nationality Swedish
Occupation CEO and Founder, Spotify
Net worth Increase US$ 400 million

Daniel Ek (born 21 February 1983) is a Swedish entrepreneur and a technologist who started the music streaming service Spotify.

He founded his first company in 1997 at the age of 14.[1] His ventures have included the founding of Advertigo, the advertising company acquired by TradeDoubler and has been a part of the Nordic auction company Tradera (acquired by Ebay) and Evertigo.

Ek's previous jobs include CTO at Jajja Communications, CTO at Stardoll and CEO of µTorrent, the world's most popular BitTorrent client with more than 100 million downloads. Daniel Ek joined the IT Gymnasium in Sundbyberg.[citation needed] He enrolled at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology but did not complete his degree. He has a total net worth of approximately $400 million.


Main article: Spotify

In 2006, Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, co-founder of TradeDoubler, set up Spotify AB in Stockholm, Sweden.[2] In October 2008 the company launched its legal music streaming service Spotify. Daniel Ek currently serves as a CEO of Spotify.[3]

As of 2012 he is ranked 395th on the British rich list with a calculated worth of £190m[4]


  1. ^ "Stanford Entrepreneurship Corner : A Playlist for Entrepreneurs - Daniel Ek, Chi-Hua Chien (Spotify)". Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Daniel Ek Background Information (Spotify)". Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Spotify Information". Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  4. ^ "Spotify Information". BBC News. 2012-04-28. Retrieved 2012-04-28.