Jan Koum, the Ukrainian-American computer programmer, entrepreneur and WhatsApp co-founder will be auctioning ten of his Porsche cars on March 8, 2019, at a US auction. He's putting them up for auction to free up some space in his garage. The auctioneer, Gooding & Company will take the responsibility to be selling off the 10 Porsches at their annual Amelia Island auction this year.
Jan Koum's net worth is now $9.2 billion
Jan Koum has always had a fondness for Porsche cars since the age of 16. He is from Fastiv, in Ukraine. He migrated with his mother to the US and was living on welfare support, though he did some menial jobs to survive. To him, the sight of a Porsche car then motivated him to work harder.
Here, as said in his own words,
For me, a Porsche always represented the epitome of success.
And the desire to have a car like that was a key incentive to learn more and to work even harder.
Jan Koum co-founded WhatsApp with Brian Action in 2009 and was made the CEO. In February 2014, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19.3 billion. As at August 2018, Jan Koum's net worth is $9.2 billion.
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The Whatsapp co-founder is a "maniac" fan of Porsche
And he has these to say about the upcoming auction.
I am very excited to partner with Gooding to help find the next custodian for these wonderful machines.
Many of these Porsches offered for sale are the best examples in the world and they are all an important part of my collection. If I had unlimited time and unlimited garage space, I would never sell any of them, but nevertheless, I’ll be very happy to see the next owner enjoy driving these special cars on the road or on the racetrack – just as Porsche intended for them to be used.
He also continued here,
I prefer to buy cars that have a ‘radio delete’ option.
Because the best music of all is the sound of the six-cylinder boxer engine.
To him, the sight of a Porsche car motivates him to work harder
Here is a list of Jan Koum's Porsche cars that will be up for auction:
- 1992 964 Carrera RS(Blossom Yellow)
- 1993 964 Carrera RS 3.8(Speed Yellow)
- 1995 993 Carrera RS 3.8(Speed Yellow)
- 2008 997 GT3 RS 3.6(RS Green)
- 2010 997 GT3 RS 3.8(Grey Black and Red)
- 2011 997 GT3 RS 4.0(Carrera White and Red)
- 2011 997 GT2 RS(Carrera White and Black)
- 2015 918 Spyder (Liquid Metal Chrome Blue)
- 2016 Cayman GT4 (Signal Yellow)
- 2016 911 R
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Wouldn't you love to have one of these Porches parked in your garage?