Swedish entrepreneur, co-founder of Skype and Kazaa, the founder of technology investment company Atomico, co-founder of the charitable organization Zennström Philanthropies.
Date of birth: February 16, 1966
Place of birth: Järfälla, Sweden
Position: CEO, Co-Founder Partner
Skype history began with an introduction of Niklas Zennström to Janus Friis, already in the distant 1997. Their most successful joint project Skype saw the world in 2003.
The technical part of the program was developed by Estonian developers whose names are Priit Kazesalu, Jaan Tallinn and Ahti Heinla. At that time, Skype had the easiest and most convenient interface among their competitors. This was the main reason for the popularity of this messenger.
Niklas Zennström took over as CEO of Skype. The peak of development and popularity of Skype was in 2005-2007, under the direction of the Swede, already after the sale of application to eBay (purchased for $ 2.6 billion). In 2007, Niklas Zennström resigned as CEO of Skype. But 2 years later, in 2009, he was among the members of a group of investors that bought Skype Technologies back, though he didn`t take executive positions: he was on the board of directors.
In 2011 app was re-sold to Microsoft for $ 8.5 billion. Rumor has it that Janus and Niklas have earned a billion dollars from the deal.
We emphasize that in spite of the multiple number of prohibitions on the use of application around the world and lawsuits, Skype continues to function.