Russian entrepreneur Andrey Andreev is as close to a modern-day cupid as it gets, but instead of shooting bows and arrows he’s employing geolocation tools and facial recognition software.
He has helped build five successful online dating apps, including Badoo, the largest such app in the world, with 380 million users and counting. (That’s eight times more users than Tinder.) His developers built and manage the infrastructure for Chappy, a dating app for gay men, and Huggle, an app that matches people based on the locations they frequent – in exchange for a cut of those apps’ profits. Andreev also has a 79% stake in Bumble, America’s fastest-growing online dating app, which puts the courtship in the hands of women, since only Bumble’s female users can make the first contact with a potential date.