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 and CTO at Stardoll[citation needed]. 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.