Nick Bell (businessman)

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Nick Bell
Nicholas James Bell

(1983-12-17) 17 December 1983 (age 34)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California U.S.
EmployerSnap Inc. (former)
TitleVice President, Content
Spouse(s)Sara Bell

Nick Bell (born 17 December 1983) is an English businessman and former vice president of content at Snap Inc., parent company of Snapchat, where he reported directly to CEO Evan Spiegel.[1] Prior to Snap, Bell was Senior Vice President of Digital at News Corporation.[2] He is known for his entrepreneurial ventures, having setting up a group of websites during the dot com boom of the late nineties and earning almost a million pounds from the sale of at the age of 16. His later ventures included a sunbed and spray tanning company inside Tesco stores and an audiovisual equipment company.

Early life and education[edit]

Bell was born in Alnwick, Northumberland, England and attended the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle.[3] [4] His father is a farmer and his mother a schoolteacher.

Snap Inc.[edit]

Bell joined Snapchat from News Corp in early 2014 and was described as one of Spiegel’s closest lieutenants. Bell was in charge of leading the company's content strategy, including the introduction of the Live Stories and Discover features to the Snapchat app`.[5]

On November 12, 2018, Bell announced in a company-wide email that he was leaving Snap "to recharge before deciding on my next adventure."[5]

Honours and awards[edit]

  • In 2016 Bell was named by the magazine Fast Company as 21st on its list of the "100 of the most creative business people" in 2016 [6]
  • In 2016 he was listed on Linkedin's Next Wave - Top Professionals 35 and Under Changing the Way We Do Business [7]
  • In 2016 he was featured in the Variety’s Digital Entertainment Execs to Watch 2016 report[8]
  • In 2016 he was awarded first place in The Hollywood Reporter's ranking of L.A.'s Most Powerful Digital Players[9]
  • In 2017 he was listed at position 77 in the Billboard Power 100 List in 2017.[10]


  1. ^ Carson, Biz. "Meet the power players who help Evan Spiegel run Snap Inc". Business Insider. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  2. ^ Butcher, Mike. "Snapchat Snaps Ups Nick Bell, News Corp's SVP For Digital". Techcrunch. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  3. ^ Anderson, Guy. "Nick Refuses to Rest on Laurels". Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  4. ^ Gibson, Robert (11 Apr 2016). "Meet the Newcastle entrepreneur now in a top role at Snapchat". Newcastle Chronicle. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b Dean, Sam (November 12, 2018). "Snap's content chief is leaving as executive shakeup continues". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "Fast Company". Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  7. ^ Roth, Daniel. "Top Professionals 35 and Under Changing the Way We Do Business". Linkedin. Linkedin. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  8. ^ Wallenstein, Andrew. "Variety's Digital Entertainment Execs to Watch 2016". Variety. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  9. ^ Jarvey, Natalie. "Silicon Beach 25: L.A.'s Most Powerful Digital Players". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Billboard Power 100". Billboard. Retrieved 12 June 2017.