The billionaire owner of the In-N-Out burger chain, Lynsi Snyder, 33, is a Bible-believing woman with a tumultuous past who remains reclusive but also committed to her Christian beliefs.
As a young woman, Snyder drag-raced, winning races in her 1970 Plymouth Barracuda and her ’84 Camaro, married three times, but most powerfully, managed to evade two kidnapping attempts.
In 2013, Bloomberg named Snyder the youngest female billionaire in America. The chain has almost 280 restaurants and is worth roughly $1.1 billion.
In-N-Out was founded in 1948 by Snyder’s grandparents, Harry and Esther Snyder, who launched the chain in Baldwin Park and built the chain to include 18 locations by the time Harry died in 1976. Their son, Rich, 24, increased the outlets to 93 locations by 1993. But he was killed in a plane crash, leaving the business to be run by his mother and his brother, Harry Guy Snider. Guy eventually became addicted to drugs after a motorbike accident and died in 1999; his daughter, Lynsi, took over the business in 2010. She will inherit all the company’s stock in 2017, when she turns 35.
Snyder sports a tattoo in Aramaic quoting Matthew 6:10. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” Another tattoo reads the Hebrew characters meaning “hated.” She explained it was from John 15:18: “If the world hates you, know that it hated me before.”
Profiles of Snyder have been posted in Orange Coast Magazine and the Orange County Register, but at present, she prefers to remain private, which those who knew the family say was common among the Snyder family. Snyder has said that the salient reason for her privacy is the kidnapping attempts she escaped, one at age 17 and another at age 24.
Snyder lives in a 16,600-square-foot mansion once owned by former Dodger third baseman Adrian Beltré overlooking Baldwin Park. When Grubstreet reporter Ryan Bradley interviewed a woman who works at the nearest In-N-Out to Snyder’s home, the woman simply asserted that the Snyders were people of humility and faith. Bradley noticed that a Bible verse was printed on the bottom of the cup of a milkshake, and stated that those who know the burger chain well assert that In-N-Out routinely quotes bible verses on its packaging, including Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”