IN-N-OUT burger chain billionaire Lynsi Snyder has revealed how she battled drug and booze problems before finding God and turning her life around.
In a rare interview, the secretive heiress to the US fast food empire said her Evangelical faith helped her through “painful” moments.
Speaking to the Christian Post, Snyder, 37, told how she briefly faced addictions after divorcing three times in her 20s and her father’s death from a drug overdose.
The mum-of-four, reportedly worth £2.3billion, told the publication: “I have learned so much through my broken relationships along with the ups and downs that come through marriage.
“I’ve been the one to hurt, and I’ve been hurt. I have gained insight and growth through both sides of the coin.”
She also spoke about her side job as a Christian minister, after founding the Army of Love ministry.
She told the Christian Post: “I was calling out to God as my third marriage was failing. I was in a place where I felt I couldn’t do ministry because my own heart and home were a mess.
“My (ex) husband and I were in constant turmoil. I became desperate for the hope that I could be used by God despite my circumstances.”
I’ve been the one to hurt, and I’ve been hurt. I have gained insight and growth through both sides of the coin
Snyder was named the youngest female on the Forbes 400 Richest Americans list in 2018.
The beloved In-N-Out chain was founded by her grandparents Harry and Esther Snyder in California in 1948.
Due to a series of family tragedies, Snyder became the family’s last remaining heir in 2000 after the deaths of her father and uncle.
She gradually received stakes in the business as part of a complicated trust plan made by her grandparents.
She received the last slice of her fortune on her 35th birthday in 2017.
Snyder said she was also a believer in “servant leadership” — a leadership philosophy where the leader’s main goal is to serve others rather than grow the business.
She said she worked hard as In-N-Out CEO to “maintain” the business without “compromising the quality of product, service, or standards.”
She said: “My grandparents set the bar high and I only try to raise it.”
“All families have their issues and we aren’t perfect, but we try really hard and there are so many good-hearted people here. I love my job.”
One of the last times Ms Snyder spoke so candidly was back in 2017, when she gave a tell-all interview to I am Second, a not-for-profit organisation promoting Christianity.
“After my dad died, my world shattered. I longed for attention, something to fill the huge void,” she said at the time.
Her father Guy Snyder died of an overdose in 1999, when his daughter was just 17.
Her uncle Richard Snyder had died in 1993 in a plane crash along with In-N-Out executive vice president Philip R West.
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