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WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum pictured in Tel Aviv

The Jewish-Ukraine, American billionaire was spotted shopping in a the sweet neighborhood Neve Tzedek, surrounded by bodyguards

WhatsApp Jan Koum screenshot at Stanford university

WhatsApp messaging co-founder Jan Koum, who prefers anonymity, was spotted shopping in Tel Aviv on Tuesday afternoon, during his brief visit to Israel, Ynet reported.

Jan Koum was spotted visiting a jewelry store in Tel Aviv’s trendy Neve Tzedek neighborhood.

Jan Koum is Jewish born in Ukraine, near Kyiv, and emigrated to the United States in the 1990s. He made his fortune by selling WhatsApp to Facebook in 2014 for 22 billion dollars in cash and shares.

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According to Forbes, his net worth as of May 2022 is $9.8 billion, making him one of the world’s wealthiest men. He was the highest-ranked on the Forbes list of the 400 wealthiest Americans in 2014, entering at No. 62 with an estimated net worth of $7.5 billion.  

The tech billionaire has donated extensively to Jewish and Israeli causes. Read here for the story WhatsApp: Jan Koum – The Story Of A Man Who Kept It Simple.

among rather causes, “he donated $17 million to the European Jewish Association in recent years. And that organization has in turn used some of those funds for relief efforts related to the crisis in Ukraine. Koum also reportedly gave $10.6 million to the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS. (CIS refers to the commonwealth of independent states which is what the former republics of the Soviet Union first called themselves in the years after it fell).”

According to Actualites, he invested in April 2020, a property on the island of Saint-Barthélemy and a mansion on the edge of the Champ-de-Mars in Paris.



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