February 20th, 2014
08:53 PM ET

WhatsApp creator goes from food stamps to billionaire

The founder of WhatsApp Jan Koum was living on food stamps before launching a messaging platform that was just sold to the social media giant, Facebook for $19 billion.

WhatsApp founder: Food stamps to billionaire

Koum was raised in Ukraine, immigrating in the early 1990s to the United States with his mother as a teenager.

CNN's Bill Weir is OutFront with a real life rags-to-riches story.

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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    "I always had a passion for flashin', before I had it I'd close my eyes & imagine the good life." (Kanye West)

    February 24, 2014 at 8:19 pm | Reply

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