Daniel Ek

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Daniel Ek is the CEO and co-founder of Spotify, a digital music streaming service launched in 2008. Before Spotify, Ek co-founded several other technology companies, including Advertigo, which TradeDoubler acquired in 2006. He also worked at Stardoll, a social network for girls, and as a consultant for companies such as Ericsson and Nokia. 

Ek is considered one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the technology industry and has been recognized for his work with several awards and honors. Some notable ones include:

  • In 2011, he was named one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time magazine.
  • In 2013, he was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young.
  • In 2014, he was named "Digital Leader of the Year" by the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce.
  • In 2015, he was honored with the "Founders Award" by the International Digital Economy Accreditation Board.
  • In 2016, he was named one of the "20 Most Powerful People in the Music Industry" by Billboard.
  • In 2018, he was awarded the "Global Leader of the Year" award by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.
  • In 2019, the World Economic Forum honored him with the "Leadership in Technology" award.

Additionally, Daniel Ek is one of the youngest billionaires in the world. As of 2021, he is listed in the Forbes Billionaires list. These awards and honors reflect Ek's significant contributions to the music industry and the technology sector, as well as his leadership skills and entrepreneurial success.