Evan Spiegel

Evan Spiegel

Spiegel in 2013
Born Evan Thomas Spiegel[1]
(1990-06-04) June 4, 1990[2]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education Stanford University
Known for Co-founder of Snapchat
Net worth Steady US$2.1 billion (August 2016)[3]
Title CEO of Snapchat & Snap Inc.
Religion Christian (Episcopalian)[4]

Evan Thomas Spiegel (born June 4, 1990) is an American Internet entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of the mobile app Snapchat, which he created with Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown while they were students at Stanford University.

Early life and education

Evan was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Melissa Ann Thomas and John W. Spiegel, who are lawyers.[5] Spiegel grew up in Pacific Palisades, California. He was raised Episcopalian.[4] He was educated at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, and attended Stanford University.[2]

Spiegel took design classes at the Otis College of Art and Design while still in high school and at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena the summer before entering Stanford.[2] He also had an unpaid internship in sales at Red Bull.[2] While a student, he worked as a paid intern for a biomedical company, as a careers instructor in Cape Town, South Africa, and at Intuit on the TxtWeb project.[2] Spiegel was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. [6]


In 2012, Evan left Stanford to focus on Snapchat shortly before completing his degree.[2][7][8] While studying product design at Stanford[9] he proposed Snapchat as a class project.[10] Spiegel co-founded the mobile application Snapchat along with Robert Murphy and Reggie Brown. He is the CEO of Snapchat and Snap, Inc.[11]


In May 2014 Valleywag, a Gawker blog, released a set of emails written by Spiegel during his undergraduate career to fraternity members.[12] Spiegel later apologized for his actions and attitude towards women at the time the emails were sent, stating, "I'm obviously mortified and embarrassed that my idiotic emails during my fraternity days were made public. I have no excuse. I'm sorry I wrote them at the time and I was a jerk to have written them. They in no way reflect who I am today or my views towards women."[13]

Personal life

Spiegel began dating model Miranda Kerr in 2015.[14][15] The two first met each other at a Louis Vuitton dinner in New York in 2014.[16] They became engaged on July 20, 2016.[17][18]


  1. "Snapchat's Evan Spiegel: Saying no to $3B, and feeling lucky". CNET. CBS Interactive.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Van Grove, Jennifer (November 26, 2013). "Snapchat's Evan Spiegel: Saying no to $3B, and feeling lucky". CNET.
  3. "Evan Spiegel profile". Forbes. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  4. 1 2 Gene Maddaus. "Snapchat Went From Frat Boy Dream to Tech World Darling. But Will it Last?". L.A. Weekly.
  5. "StartupBook » Curated News and Advice for Entrepreneurs » 24-Year Old Snapchat Co-Founder Probably Threw The Best Parties Ever In High School". StartupBook.
  6. "5 Facts About Evan Spiegel, Snapchat's Often Controversial Co-Founder". Entrepreneur.com. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  7. "Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel Lives With His Dad, Doesn't Plan To Leave". Huffington Post. Associated Press. November 2, 2013.
  8. Matthews, Natalie (November 14, 2013). "Finally, a Tech CEO With Style: A Closer Look at Snapchat's Evan Spiegel". Elle.
  9. "Evan Spiegel". CrunchBase. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  10. Colao, J.J. (November 27, 2012). "Snapchat: The Biggest No-Revenue Mobile App Since Instagram". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  11. MacMillan, Douglas (November 20, 2013). "Snapchat CEO: 70% of Users Are Women". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  12. Biddle, Sam (May 28, 2014). ""Fuck Bitches Get Leid", the Sleazy Frat Emails of Snapchat's CEO". Valleywag. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  13. Chang, Andrea (May 28, 2013). "Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel 'mortified' by leaked frat emails". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  14. "Miranda Kerr introduces beau to parents". Thespec.com. 2015-08-15. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  15. "Miranda Kerr introduces boyfriend to her parents - The West Australian". Au.news.yahoo.com. 2015-08-17. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  16. "Snaps And Chats By Evan Spiegel". Eyerys.com. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  17. Christie D'Zurilla, Model Miranda Kerr engaged to Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel, Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2016.
  18. Biz Carson, Meet LA's newest power couple: Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and supermodel Miranda Kerr profile, Business Insider, July 20, 2016.
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