Snapchat CEO is Worth More than Who?💰👻💰

8 minute read | 3/31/17March 31, 2017

Evan Spiegel, 26 years old, became an instant billionaire overnight. How rich is he?

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Snapchat, the mobile app that lets you send self-destructing messages, became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, March 2, 2017, listed under SNAP.

After a long roadshow hyping the IPO and its CEO and cofounder, Evan Spiegel, the company finally priced its shares at $17 each. By the next day the stock price had risen to $27 (+60%), valuing the company around $30 billion.

Snapchat lost $515 million in 2016 and said "may never achieve or maintain profitability" as it reinvests in the company.

Both CEO Evan Spiegel and his cofounder Bobby Murphy own roughly 22% of SNAP stock.

If we include other restricted shares that Spiegel owns which give him majority control of the company, at $27 a share Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel’s net worth is almost $6 Billion.

Wow. That’s a lot of money. 

Can you guess which famous entrepreneurs and celebrities Evan Spiegel is now richer than?

Let’s find out.

15. Steven Spielberg

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Steven Spielberg is one of Hollywood’s most well-known and influential directors. He directed high-grossing classics such as E.T., Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and Shrek.

Spielberg has won multiple Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and Golden Globe Awards.

Despite Spielberg’s legacy and part ownership of DreamWork Pictures, it turns out that Evan Spiegel’s net worth is actually more than Spielberg’s!

Net worth (est.): $4 Billion

Citizenship: United States

Source of wealth: Filmmaking, DreamWorks

1 Evan Spiegel = 1 ½ Steven Spielbergs

Up Next: You won’t believe what entertainment personality Evan Spiegel now outranks in net worth (hint: Steven Spielberg directed her 1985 hit).

14. Oprah

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The reigning queen of talk show TV began her career in television hosting in her early twenties. Now age 63, Oprah has created her own TV network, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), and launched multiple business initiatives in commerce, TV production, and publishing.

Her top-rated show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, deeply connected with viewers. The show is syndicated in more than 100 countries worldwide, of which Oprah receives royalties.

Oprah is one of the richest black Americans of the 20th century.

Net worth (est.): $3 Billion

Citizenship: United States

Source of wealth: The Oprah Winfrey Network (privately owned), Weight Watchers (Oprah is brand spokesperson and owes 10% of the stock, publicly traded on NYSE)

1 Evan Spiegel = 2 Oprahs

13. Ralph Lauren

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Fashion designer and founder of the Ralph Lauren Corporation, Ralph Lauren got his start in the late 1960s when his menswear “Polo” started being sold at Bloomingdales. 

Over time, Lauren expanded into womenswear, fragrances, e-commerce sites, and even restaurants in New York, Chicago, and Paris. The 77 year-old has an impressive rare automobile collection of over 70 automobiles including the rare McLaren F1 LM.

He stepped down as CEO in 2015 but continues to act as Chief Creative Officer and Executive Chairman. Lauren’s net worth is estimated to be less than Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel.

Net worth (est.): $5.5 Billion

Citizenship: United States

Source of wealth: Ralph Lauren Corporation, publicly traded on NYSE

1 Evan Spiegel = 1 â…’ Ralph Lauren

12. P. Diddy

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Sean “Puffy” Combs, or P. Diddy, is the world’s richest rapper surpassing both Dr. Dre and Jay Z in net worth. The 47 year-old has expanded from rapper to songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur.

His business endeavors include record label “Bad Boy Entertainment,” clothing line Sean John, two restaurants, and a movie production company. He leads marketing for CÎROC vodka & other liquor brands.

P. Diddy has also won three Grammy Awards. One thing missing from the list - an IPO. 

Net worth (est.): $750 Million

Citizenship: United States

Source of wealth: Multiple production companies & businesses

1 Evan Spiegel = 8 P. Diddys

11. Donald Trump

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70 year-old Donald Trump took over his family’s construction and real estate business when he was 25 years old. Since then, Donald Trump has become a TV celebrity and developed golf courses, office towers, hotels, and casinos, not to mention becoming 45th President of the United States.

Though he has publicly claimed his net worth is $10 billion, other sources put the figure at less than $4 billion including the four bankruptcies Trump has had with some of his companies.

According to Trump, his sons will run the family business while he occupies the White House.

Net worth (est.): $4 Billion

Citizenship: United States

Source of wealth: Elizabeth Trump & Son, later renamed The Trump Organization (privately owned)

1 Evan Spiegel = 1 ½ Donald Trumps

10. Kim Kardashian West

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Kim Kardashian may be one of the most followed celebrities in the world, but when it comes to net worth she still has a long way up the ladder.

The socialite and TV personality was originally made famous on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” (or perhaps through some not-to-be-mentioned tapes made before then)

 She has over 94 million followers on Instagram to market to, plus over 150 million on Snapchat and Twitter.

Now Kardashian’s wealth comes through her highly successful mobile game “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” (launched in 2014) as well as other mobile apps and numerous clothing and product endorsements.

Not combining Kim’s finances with husband Kayne’s...

Net worth (est.): $50 Million

Citizenship: United States

Source of wealth: Mobile apps, endorsements

1 Evan Spiegel = 120 Kim Kardashians

9. Miranda Kerr

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Miranda Kerr became the first Australian Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2007 and has since snagged deals with brands like Clinique, Balenciaga, Prada, Dior, and Chanel.

One of the world’s highest-paid models, Kerr had once been married to actor Orlando Bloom (they divorced after 3 years but have a 6 year old son together). 

Now? The beauty mogul is engaged to Snapchat billionaire Evan Spiegel! The two have been together since 2015.

Despite the slight age difference - she is 33 and Spiegel is 26 - Kerr recently told “The Edit” that “He acts like he's 50. He's not out partying. He goes to work in Venice [Beach]. He comes home. We don't go out.”

Not combining the bride-and-groom-to-be's finances…

Net worth (est.): $40 Million

Citizenship: United States

Source of wealth: Modeling, endorsements

1 Evan Spiegel = 150 Miranda Kerrs

8. Tom Brady

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Tom Brady is the 15th-highest paid athlete in the world and one of only two players to win five Super Bowls.

The 39 year-old New England Patriots Quarterback has negotiated compensation packages upwards of $60 million and earns millions more per year from endorsements such as UGG Boots, Movado, Glaceau Smartwater, and Under Armour.

Brady has the most touchdown passes and most passes completed of anyone in the NFL

Despite a combined net worth with wife supermodel Gisele Bundchen of over $500 million, Brady’s net worth still pales compared to Evan Spiegel’s. 

Not combining Tom and Gisele's finances…

Net worth (est.): $190 Million

Citizenship: United States

Source of wealth: NFL, endorsements

1 Evan Spiegel = 34 Tom Bradys

7. Mark Cuban

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When one says “entrepreneur” it’s hard not to think of Mark Cuban. The illustrious businessman, investor, and TV personality, Cuban has diversified his wealth in a variety of categories.

Cuban sold his first major business to CompuServe in 1990, then went on to develop multiple web properties including, which combined Cuban’s love of sports and internet and was ultimately acquired by Yahoo! for $5.7 billion.

He purchased a majority stake in NBA team the Dallas Mavericks in 2000 and has invested heavily in the franchise. Additionally, as a “shark” investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank” since 2012, Cuban has invested in over 80 deals through the show.

Still, the 58 year-old’s net worth is only a little more than half of Evan Spiegel’s.

Net worth (est.): $3.4 Billion

Citizenship: United States

Source of wealth: Web companies, investments, Dallas Mavericks

1 Evan Spiegel = 1 Âľ Mark Cubans

6. Richard Branson

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Hold on to your seat belts. The charismatic Sir Richard Branson - founder of Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Mobile, space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, and hundreds of other companies - has less net worth than Evan Spiegel.

The 66 year-old, known for his conglomerate of Virgin-branded businesses, no longer owns many of the companies that helped him make his fortune. Branson was most recently forced to sell Virgin America airlines to Alaska Air in 2016, including his 30% stake in the company. Virgin America IPOed in 2014.

He plans to launch Virgin Cruises in 2020 and continues to work on environmental and philanthropic efforts from his home on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands.

Net worth (est.): $5 Billion

Citizenship: United Kingdom

Source of wealth: Virgin Group (conglomerate)

1 Evan Spiegel = 1 â…• Richard Bransons

5. Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift is the world’s highest-paid musician yet her net worth (at age 27, roughly the same age as Evan Spiegel) is far less.

The country pop singer and songwriter made her debut at just 16 years old. Since then, Swift has become one of the best-selling artists of all-time, counting ten Grammy Awards among others.

Swift grossed nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in 2015 from her “the 1989 World Tour” alone.

She has also appeared in ad campaigns for brands like CoverGirl, Elizabeth Arden, Keds, and Diet Coke.

Net worth (est.): $170 Million

Citizenship: United States

Source of wealth: Singing, songwriting

1 Evan Spiegel = 35 Taylor Swifts

4. Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen DeGeneres started in stand-up comedy and rose to popularity in the 90s with her successful sitcom, “Ellen,” gaining notoriety when DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Since 2003 DeGeneres has hosted her wildly successful syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She has had multiple high-profile endorsement deals with American Express, CoverGirl and QVC in addition to voice acting for Dory in the movie Finding Nemo.

In 2016, President Barack Obama presented DeGeneres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. But when it comes to net worth, she still has a ways to go to match Evan Spiegel.

Net worth (est.): $75 Million

Citizenship: United States

Source of wealth: TV/Entertainment, endorsements

1 Evan Spiegel = 80 Ellen DeGeneres

3. Jack Ma

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Jack Ma is the founder and CEO of the Alibaba Group, a Chinese-American e-commerce company that originally started with, a B2B website connecting Chinese manufacturers with international buyers.

It is now the world's largest retailer and one of the largest Internet companies, surpassing Walmart with operations in over 190 countries.

When Alibaba Group (BABA) went public in 2014, it was the largest US IPO to take place. Snapchat was the largest US IPO since then, but it still can’t compare to the enormous amount of wealth Jack Ma has accumulated since Alibaba went public. He is the 28th richest person in the world

Then again Jack Ma is twice Evan Speigel’s age, so Speigel has plenty of time to catch up.

Net worth (est.): $29 Billion

Citizenship: China

Source of wealth: Alibaba Group, publicly traded on NYSE

5 Evan Spiegels = 1 Jack Ma

2. Barry Diller

Barry Diller may not be a household name, but the 75 year-old Diller is a self-made American business mogul with one of the most successful careers in media.

Diller began his career in entertainment, ultimately becoming Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures overseeing TV hits like “Cheers” and movies like “Saturday Night Fever” and “Grease.” He then became Chairman and CEO of Fox overseeing TV hits like “The Simpsons” and “Married... with Children.”

More recently, Diller was Chairman of Expedia which owns media sites such as,,,, and more.

He was also Chairman of IAC, an e-commerce conglomerate which owns media sites such as,, and

Diller and his wife have pledged over $100 million towards the High Line project on the Hudson River, the largest donation ever to a New York Public Park.

Despite being almost 3X the age of Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel, even Diller’s net worth is estimated to be less than Spiegel’s.

Net worth (est.): $3 Billion

Citizenship: United States

Source of wealth: TV/Entertainment, online media

1 Evan Spiegel = 2 Barry Dillers

Up next: will Spiegel’s net worth ever exceed this tech entrepreneurs? Some analysts say it’s possible...

1. Mark Zuckerberg

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There’s been many comparisons of Evan Spiegel to the CEO and founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook and Snapchat are considered competitors in the social network space.

Heck, Facebook even tried to buy Snapchat for $3 billion in 2013. Compare that to the almost $30 billion valuation Snapchat had as of its second day of trading!

Zuckerberg’s net worth has more than tripled since Facebook IPO’ed in 2013. He and his wife Priscilla Chan have dedicated themselves to philanthropic efforts, pledging more than $1.6 billion, about 3% of their net worth, to charities.

Net worth (est.): $58 Billion

Citizenship: United States

Source of wealth: Facebook, publicly traded on Nasdaq

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