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 and previous CEO of µTorrent, a popular BitTorrent client.

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[citation needed] and CEO of uTorrent one of the most popular bitTorrent Clients. 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.[citation needed]

On 3 October 2013 Daniel Ek was inducted into SUP46's Swedish Startup Hall of Fame. [2]


Main article: Spotify

In 2006, Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, co-founder of TradeDoubler, set up Spotify AB in Stockholm, Sweden.[3] In October 2008 the company launched its legal music streaming service Spotify. Daniel Ek currently serves as a CEO of Spotify.[4]

As of 2012 he is ranked 395th on the British rich list with a calculated worth of £190m[5]