Spiegel in London in November 2013
|Born||Evan Thomas Spiegel
June 4, 1990 
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Occupation||CEO (tech industry)|
|Known for||Co-founder of Snapchat|
|Net worth||US$1.5 Billion (September 2014)|
Early life and education
Evan was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Melissa Ann Thomas and John W. Spiegel, who are lawyers. Spiegel grew up in Pacific Palisades, California. He was raised attending an Episcopalian church. He was educated at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, and attended Stanford University. Spiegel took 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. He also had an unpaid internship in sales at Red Bull. 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.
In 2012 left Stanford to focus on Snapchat shortly before completing his degree. While studying product design at Stanford he proposed Snapchat as a class project. Speigel co-founded the mobile application Snapchat along with Reggie Brown and Robert Murphy. He is the CEO of Snapchat.
He and Robert Murphy, his Kappa Sigma fraternity brother, had previously developed FutureFreshman.com, an online guide to the college applications process. Spiegel and Murphy were sued by a third fraternity brother, Reggie Brown, who claims he was partly responsible for the idea.
In May 2014, a blog called Valleywag released a set of emails written by Spiegel when he was an undergraduate to fraternity members that were explicitly misogynistic and homophobic in nature. 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."
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