Meet Pavel Durov – the Billionaire Founder and CEO of Telegram
Pavel Durov (38), is the founder and owner Telegram’s messaging app. The billionaire has been nicknamed the “Mark Zuckerberg in Russia.”
Durov, who was raised in St. Petersburg, Soviet Russia has a net worth $15.1 billion. per Forbes.
The tech entrepreneur cofoundedTelegram, encrypted-messaging system Telegram, was created by Nikolai and his brother in 2013. The brothers were born into a family full of intellectuals. according the Digital-Life-Design Conference website. Durov spokeThe conference was held in January 2012.
Insider asked Durov for comment but he did not respond.
Vkontakte didn’t bring an end to Durov’s disputes with the Kremlin.
Telegram was established in 2018. bannedAfter Durov denied the Kremlin access, protestors in Russia reacted by denying Durov access to user data. Hundreds protested the ban, some holding signs depicting Durov as a saint (pictured below). The app was reinstated in Russia two years later.
Telegram plays a major role in today’s world. roleIn the war in Ukraine.
Durov made a Telegram vow postMarch to protect data of Ukrainian users. According to the post Durov is partially Ukrainian.
“When I defied the odds” [the Kremlin’s]Durov wrote in the blog post that demands were important and the stakes were very high for him personally. “I stand for our users, no matter what.” He added that their privacy is sacred.
On a November 30 post on TelegramDurov announced that Telegram plans on building a cryptocurrency wallet. Durov said that Fragment, a wallet for cryptocurrency, was completed in 5 weeks by 5 people, which included me.
Durov claimsFragment sold usernames worth $50 million in less than a month.
Durov currently resides in Dubai, where Telegram’s operations is based.
According to the Russian edition of ForbesDurov received citizenship in February from the United Arab Emirates. Forbes reports that Durov is a citizen in four countries.
Durov wrote the following January 2018 TwitterTelegram is “unlikely” to consider any location. [its]Permanent base
Durov was made a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis by investing $250,000 into the local sugar industry in 2014. according to The Moscow Times. The Caribbean nation has no income or inheritance taxAs well as capital gains tax.
Durov was also naturalized in August 2021 as a French citizen according to France’s government website.
According to Khaleej Times reports, Durov is one of the most wealthy people in the United Arab Emirates.
Durov is the youngest self-made billionaire from the Middle East. per the Khaleej Times.
Durov has over 785,000 Instagram followers. His posts include photos of his Dubai lifestyle and shirtless snaps that show off his physique.
In August 2017, Durov’s Instagram parody of Russian President Vladimir Putin went viral.
Durov’s Instagram post, appropriately titled the “Putin Shirtless Challenge,” asked users to upload photos of themselves naked in the challenge. stylePutin
Durov, despite having 1.3 million Twitter followers, doesn’t follow anyone. However, he once followed Elon Musk.
Bloomberg reports that Durov’s profile once appeared on Tinder in 2017.
Bloomberg reportedDurov was “half-naked,” according to his profile photo on the dating app.
According to the publication, he wrote that he was not looking for anything serious or non-serious. He also said that he was just playing with the app.
Durov, in a 2020 blog post, criticized Silicon Valley, stating that the region has “limited culture life.”
Durov wrote this post in response Yury Dud (journalist and YouTuber). filmSilicon Valley. The film has been viewed 45 million times on YouTube.
The postDurov listed seven reasons why he didn’t want to move to Silicon Valley.
Durov wrote, “The US is not a great place to live or operate an IT business.” “Local programmers can be expensive, spoiled, or unable to concentrate on work due the constant flow and ideas from outside,” Durov added.
Durov also described the US “police state” and said that he was attackedIn San Francisco, June 2015, thieves stole his phone.
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