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Facebook recently announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars. Here are 10 fascinating facts about the company.
Facebook recently announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars. Here are 10 fascinating facts about the company:
Number 10 - Founded in 2009, WhatsApp is worth more than some of the world's largest companies like American Airlines which is valued at around 11 billion dollars and Harley Davidson which is worth 14 billion dollars.
Number 9 - WhatsApp's is valued at more than that of the annual GDP of many countries such as North Korea, Iceland, and Jamaica.
Number 8 - WhatsApp's co-founder Jan Koum moved to the US from Ukraine when he was 16. At one time, his family lived on food stamps.
Number 7 - The company has nearly half a billion monthly users.
Number 6 - Every day, 1 million new users join the the service.
Number 5 - 500 million photos are sent through WhatsApp every day.
Number 4 - WhatsApp only has 55 employees. They all should be millionaires now and the 2 founders will become billionaires.
Number 3 - The company is worth more than NASA's entire annual budget of about 17 billion dollars.
Number 2 - If the acquisition doesn't go through, Facebook has promised to give WhatsApp 1 billion dollars in cash and additional compensation in stock.
Number 1 - WhatsApp's co-founder Brian Acton got denied by Twitter and Facebook for a job in 2009. Soon after, he started WhatsApp. Rest as they say is history.