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The Ukrainian immigrant on foodstamps and the Facebook reject: The rise of the WhatsApp duo and how they sold their messaging service for $19 BILLION Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2563513/From-food-stamps-billionaire-How-WhatsApp-founder-went-struggling-immigrant-founder-19bn-messaging-service.html#ixzz4dUYaJAG6 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

The creators of instant messaging service WhatsApp can now comfortably call themselves billionaires after signing a $19 billion deal with Facebook.

But the duo’s road to becoming billionaires several times over has been filled with humble beginnings and setbacks

Koum, 37, who co-founded the app with Brian Acton in 2009 co-founded WhatsApp in 2009, and five years later, is now estimated to now be worth about $6.8 billion. But at one point he was a teenage immigrant who lived on food stamps.

The ‘long time’-friend of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was just 16 when he moved to the U.S. from Ukraine.

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$19 billion richer this morning: Brian Acton (left) and Jan Koum at Whatsapp's family headquarters in Mountain View California last May