By ‘eck, the 34-year-old founder of Spotify, could be worth billions this year!

By Elliot Bullman

Spotify's CEO Daniel Ek is worth an estimated US$800 million.

Depending on who you talk to, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is either the guy who saved the music industry, or the one who killed it.

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Nearly a decade after the 34-year-old launched the hit streaming service, rumoured to go publicthrough an IPO within the next few months, he stands to become a multibillionaire.

If the IPO goes forward, Ek's stake will be worth $1.6 billion or more, according toBusiness Insider. Analysts from the advisory firm GP Bullhound, which owns shares in Spotify, predict its valuation could reach$55 billion by 2020,which would rocket Ek's fortune to a massive $5.5 billion.

Born in Stockholm, Sweden, the tech entrepreneur started his first business at just 13 years old, building websites for $100 to $200, he toldPando.com. A year later, he was charging $5,000 a site, and by age 18, he'd brought on 25 employees, and was raking in $50,000 per month.

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Today, Spotify has 150 million active users, and over 50 million subscribers who pay $10 a month for ad-free listening.

It's the world's largest streaming serviceby a long shot, and has ushered in a new era of music fandom, where nearly every piece of music ever recorded is accessible to the general public.

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