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Michel "Mike" Krieger (born March 4, 1986) is a Brazilian entrepreneur and software engineer who co-founded Instagram along with Kevin Systrom. On September 24, 2018, it was announced that Krieger has resigned from Instagram and will be leaving in few weeks.[2][3]

Mike Krieger
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Born (1986-03-04) March 4, 1986 (age 33)
ResidenceSan Francisco, California, U.S.
Alma materStanford University
Known forCo-founder of Instagram
Net worthUS$300 million (2018)[1]
Spouse(s)Kaitlyn Trigger



Krieger was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and moved to California in 2004 to attend Stanford University.[4] At Stanford, where he studied symbolic systems, he met Kevin Systrom.[5] The two co-founded Instagram in 2010.[6] He made the updates for Instagram for the first 3 years it was public. He is married to Kaitlyn Trigger.[7]


In April 2015, Krieger announced a partnership with charity evaluator GiveWell, committing US$750,000 over the next two years. The funds are to support operations, with 90% allocated to grants identified and recommended through the Open Philanthropy Project process.[8] Kaitlyn, in a blog about the partnership, describes the couple's philanthropic vision as:

We believe that all people deserve a free, vibrant, and productive life. To support this vision, we identify and champion forward-thinking ideas, and help scale solutions that work. To create significant, sustainable change, we are committed to systems-level thinking and rigorous analysis. We advocate collaboration and transparency to engage a broader community and magnify our impact.[9]


  1. ^ Katherine Rushton (2012-01-24). "Who's getting rich from Facebook's $1bn Instagram deal?". The Telegraph.
  2. ^ Isaac, Mike (2018-09-24). "Instagram's Co-Founders to Step Down From Company". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  3. ^ Lyons, Kate (2018-09-25). "Instagram co-founders resign to explore 'creativity again'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  4. ^ Joe Garofoli (2012-01-24). "Steve Jobs' widow, Instagram founder sitting with Michelle Obama at State of the Union".
  5. ^ Somini Sengupta, Nicole Perlroth and Jenna Wortham (2012-04-13). "Behind Instagram's Success, Networking the Old Way". New York Times.
  6. ^ Christine Longorio (2012-04-09). "Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Founders of Instagram". Inc. magazine.
  7. ^ Sarah Thornton, "Kaitlyn Trigger On Her Wedding to Instagram Co-Founder Mike Krieger, Being a Woman in Tech, and Her Growing Art Collection", August 11, 2015
  8. ^ Karnofsky, Holden (23 April 2015). "Co-funding Partnership with Kaitlyn Trigger and Mike Krieger". GiveWell.
  9. ^ Trigger, Kaitlyn (23 April 2015). "Statement from Kaitlyn Trigger & Mike Krieger: Why We're Partnering with the Open Philanthropy Project". GiveWell.

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