Evan Spiegel

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Evan Spiegel
Evan Spiegel, founder of Snapchat.jpg
Spiegel in London in November 2013
Born Evan Thomas Spiegel[1]
(1990-06-04) June 4, 1990 (age 24)[2]
Los Angeles, California, United States
Education Stanford University
Occupation CEO (tech industry)
Known for Co-founder of Snapchat
Net worth Increase US$1.5 Billion(September 2014)[citation needed]

Evan Thomas Spiegel (born June 4, 1990)[2] is an American Internet entrepreneur who co-founded the mobile application Snapchat along with Reggie Brown and Robert Murphy and is CEO of the company.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Evan was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Melissa Ann Thomas and John W. Spiegel, who are lawyers.[4] Spiegel grew up in Pacific Palisades, California. He was raised attending an Episcopalian church.[5] He was educated at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, and attended Stanford University, but in 2012 left to focus on Snapchat shortly before completing his degree.[2][6][7] He studied product design at Stanford[8] and proposed Snapchat as a class project;[9] he had taken design classes at the Otis College of Art and Design while still in high school and at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena the summer before entering Stanford.[2] He also had an unpaid internship in sales at Red Bull.[2] While a student, he worked as a paid intern for a biomedical company, as a careers instructor in Cape Town, South Africa, and at Intuit on the TxtWeb project.[2]

He and Murphy were fraternity brothers at Kappa Sigma, had previously developed FutureFreshman.com, a guide to the college applications process, and are now being sued by a third former fraternity brother, Frank Brown, who claims he was partly responsible for the idea.[2][10] Of companies he admires, Spiegel emphasizes Google and Tencent.[11]


In May 2014, Valleywag released a set of emails written by Spiegel during his undergraduate career to fraternity members that were explicitly misogynistic and homophobic in nature.[12] Spiegel later apologized for his actions and attitude towards women at the time the emails were sent, stating, "I'm obviously mortified and embarrassed that my idiotic emails during my fraternity days were made public. I have no excuse. I'm sorry I wrote them at the time and I was jerk [sic] to have written them. They in no way reflect who I am today or my views towards women."[13]


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