How WhatsApp founder crashed Zuckerberg`s Valentine`s Day dinner for $19bn deal

Last Updated: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 11:59

Wellington: WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum reportedly crashed a Valentine`s Day dinner that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg planned for his wife Priscilla Chan last year, just to discuss a tie-up between the two companies.

As the negotiations went on with Chan`s chocolate-covered strawberries in snack, the deal was finalized for a whopping 22.9 billion dollars, which eventually trickled down to today`s 19 billion dollars.
According to, the deal makes instant billionaires of Koum and another WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, both of whom had been former Yahoo engineers and Acton had been turned down for a job at Facebook in 2009.
Although the price of the deal has flabbergasted everyone, from investors to rivals, the deal is indeed worth it for Facebook`s sole aim of increasing its user growth, improve its product portfolio and expand its communication layer.


First Published: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 11:59

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