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WhatsApp founder resigns, will collect air-cooled Porsches

Jan Koum knows exactly what to do with his billions

There's nothing like an air-cooled engine for a collector. PHOTO FROM PORSCHE

You know that little WhatsApp messaging app you use on your smartphone? Yes, that one. Obviously, someone created it—someone who started rolling in cash when Facebook bought the company in 2014 for a cool sum of $19 billion (in cash, Facebook shares and restricted stock units). That someone is a guy named Jan Koum, who co-founded WhatsApp with fellow Yahoo alumnus Brian Acton.

After Facebook’s acquisition of his company, Koum remained as its CEO. Until yesterday, that is. The billionaire executive shared the following announcement on his personal Facebook page:

It's never fun leaving the company you started and nurtured. But...Porsches. FACEBOOK POST BY JAN KOUM

Now, we don’t really care who runs WhatsApp or even if it disappears from the digital world altogether. We’re writing about this because Koum mentioned what he’d do with his newfound free time. Collecting air-cooled Porsches, anyone? Working on your own cars in an expansive air-conditioned garage? Hell, yeah! That’s what a $9 billion fortune (according to the latest Forbes estimate) allows you to do even when you’re technically unemployed.

So here’s to doing absolutely nothing other than to shop for classic 911s (isn’t that every car nut’s fantasy?). And Mr. Koum, may we recommend these three must-have air-cooled Porsches for your consideration (assuming you haven’t already sent out your minions to get them)?

The 356, the 993 and the 930 should be in any serious Porsche collector's huge garage. PHOTOS FROM PORSCHE

Please spare nothing in acquiring well-maintained examples of the 356 (a Jerry Seinfeld favorite), the 993 (the last air-cooled 911) and the 930 (our dream sports car). Excuse us as we now go back to the drawing board trying to think of the next hit app.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.