Evan Spiegel
KARL VERKADE PHOTOGRAPHY
United States
2019

Snap Inc.

Evan
Spiegel

Co-Founder / CEO

After weathering the storm caused by Snapchat’s botched redesign in 2018, Spiegel — a self-made billionaire, and he hasn’t even turned 30 — has been overseeing a resurgence of sorts for the social-media app. Snap’s bet on augmented reality in particular is paying off, resulting in daily active users topping 203 million in Q2 of 2019. Publishing partners such as BuzzFeed, CNN, ESPN and Vice largely have been sticking with the service and its valuable demographic. Advertisers also keep spending, and investors have thanked Spiegel by bringing its share price back to IPO levels. The big questions on the horizon are whether Spiegel can fend off further attacks from Facebook and whether new bets like Snapchat Games will ultimately prove themselves worthy for the company.

Career

  • Snap Inc.
  • Intuit

Education

  • Stanford University (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Digital Entertainment Impact/Digital Execs
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Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel Zings Facebook on Privacy, Russian Interference

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Snap CEO Evan Spiegel came out swinging against Facebook during his fireside chat at Recode’s Code Conference in Southern California Tuesday, hitting the bigger competitor on issues like privacy and Russian interference."We’d appreciate it if they copied our data protection practices also," Spiegel said when asked about Facebook copying core Snapchat features like Stories. “It’s important to remember that there was no Russian manipulation of data on Snapchat,” he added.He also argued that Snapchat was ultimately more than the sum...

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