He’s even admitted to it.
“I am a young, white, educated male,” he said at a conference. “I got really, really lucky. And life isn’t fair.”
Still, Spiegel and his cofounder Bobby Murphy have built one of the most popular apps for sharing photos and videos with friends in private.
Facebook had a failed attempt with Poke, which was in the same vein as Snapchat.
But Snapchat is still going strong.
Last month, the company added instant messages that vanish, as well as live video calls. Today, Snapchat has 30 million monthly active users. The company has raised $143 million and is valued at $2 billion.
Evan Spiegel was born in the ritzy Southern California city of Pacific Palisades. His family’s house was worth $2 million.
Spiegel’s family had five luxury cars, including three Lexuses and a restored 1966 Mustang.
He and his family took several trips to Europe, the Bahamas, and Maui.
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Sometimes, Spiegel and his dad would take a helicopter to Canada to go snowboarding.
Once Spiegel learned how to drive, his parents gave him a brand-new 2006 Cadillac Escalade.
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But that wasn’t enough to appease Spiegel. After his parents divorced, he convinced his mom to lease him a new BMW 550i, a car with a $75,000 price tag.
Thanks to his dad’s connections, Spiegel attended the prestigious Stanford University. He studied product design.
At Stanford, Spiegel was part of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He eventually became social chair.
Spiegel left Stanford in 2012 — just a few classes shy of receiving his degree — to focus on Snapchat.
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Snapchat launched in 2011 and quickly became all the rage among college students.
For a little while, Spiegel dated a woman named Lucy, who ended up as a contestant on “The Bachelor.”
Back in April, Time magazine honored Spiegel and Murphy. They were featured on the list of the most 100 influential people.
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