Ben Chestnut

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Ben Chestnut
Ben Chestnut - July 2008.jpg
Ben Chestnut, July 2008
Born1973/1974 (age 44–45)[1]
EducationUniversity of Georgia
Georgia Institute of Technology
OccupationInternet entrepreneur
Years active2000–
Known forCo-founder of MailChimp
Net worthUS$2.1 billion (October 2018)[1]
TitleCEO, MailChimp

Ben Chestnut (born 1973/1974) is an American billionaire Internet entrepreneur. He is the CEO and co-founder (with Dan Kurzius) of MailChimp, an email marketing company.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Ben Chestnut was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia.[5][6] He studied physics at the University of Georgia, and industrial design at the Georgia Institute of Technology[6]


He is the former CEO of The Rocket Science Group,[7] which he co-founded in 2000.[6]

He is presently the CEO of MailChimp, an email marketing company with 15 million users.[8] According to Atlanta Business Chronicle, in August 2017, Ben was awarded as "Most Admired CEO".[9]

Compensatory policies[edit]

Chestnut has focused his company's resources in providing compensatory benefits for employees.[10] Chestnut's motivation for his corporate policy stems from his being raised by his military father who had few economic opportunities.[5]

Risks of social media[edit]

In an interview with Forbes Magazine, Chestnut countered arguments that social media would replace the need for email and email marketing.[11]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Forbes profile: Ben Chestnut". Forbes. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Mailchimp's About Us". Retrieved 2012-10-05.
  3. ^ Carney, Michael (2012-11-30). "Attention founders: Here's how you respond to an unfair post about your company". PandoDaily. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  4. ^ "Interview with MailChimp co-founder and CEO Ben Chestnut". DoesWhat. 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  5. ^ a b Atlanta Biz Journals.
  6. ^ a b c "Case Study: Co-Founder Ben Chestnut Talks About MailChimp - Worth Of Web Academy". 17 November 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Interview with ben chestnut (mailchimp) - Does What". 26 September 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  8. ^ "About Mailchimp - Mailchimp". Mailchimp. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  9. ^ "". Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  10. ^ "venture atlanta". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  11. ^ Kantrowitz, Alex. "MailChimp CEO On Email's Age Defying Resilience". Retrieved 15 October 2018.