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Ben Silbermann (born July 14, 1982) is an American billionaire Internet entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Pinterest, a virtual pinboard which lets users organize images, links, recipes and other things.

Ben Silbermann
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Silbermann at the South By Southwest Interactive conference in March of 2012 in Austin, Texas, United States
BornTemplate:Birth year and age July 14, 1982
NationalityAmerican
Alma materYale University
OccupationCEO of Pinterest
Known forCo-founding Pinterest
Net worth$1.6 billion (2018)[1]
Spouse(s)Divya Bhaskaran

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Early lifeEdit

Silbermann was born in 1982.[2] He was raised in Des Moines, Iowa. His parents, Jane Wang and Neil Silbermann, are ophthalmologists with a family practice still based in his native city. [3] In 1998, Silbermann attended the Research Science Institute at MIT. Subsequently, he graduated from Des Moines Central Academy and Des Moines Roosevelt with the class of 1999. He then graduated from Yale College in the spring of 2003 with a degree in political science.[4]

CareerEdit

Prior to Pinterest (which launched in March 2010), Silbermann worked at Google in the online advertising group.[5] However, after a short time with the company he left and started designing his own iPhone apps with a college friend, Paul Sciarra. After their initial application, Tote, failed to gain significant traction,[6] the cofounders teamed up with Evan Sharp to create a pinboard product that would eventually be named Pinterest.[5] Silbermann says that the genesis of Pinterest really came from his love of collecting as a kid. “Collecting tells a lot about who you are,” he said, and when they looked at the web “there wasn’t a place to share that side of who you were.”[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Silbermann is married to Divya Bhaskaran, with whom he has two children.[1] He resides in San Francisco, California.[1] According to Forbes, he is worth an estimated $1.6 billion as of 2018.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Ben Silbermann". Forbes. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "30 Under 30: The Essential Names to Know - Ben Silbermann, 29, and Evan Sharp, 29, Pinterest co-founders". Elle. May 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "Most Popular E-mail Newsletter". USA Today. 2011-10-28.
  4. ^ Hempel, Jessi (April 9, 2012). "Is Pinterest the Next Facebook?". Fortune. 165 (5): 109–114. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Shontell, Alyson (March 13, 2012). "Meet Ben Silbermann, The Brilliant Young Co-Founder Of Pinterest". Business Insider. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012.
  6. ^ Ben Silbermann at Startup School 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  7. ^ Matthew, Panzarino (May 30, 2013). "Pinterest's Ben Silbermann on turning his collection hobby into a product and not making money". The Next Web.