Despite being named the youngest female on the Forbes 400 Richest Americans list this month, life for In-N-Out heiress Lynsi Snyder hasn’t always been so simple.
The 36-year-old, who has a reported net worth of $3billion, is no stranger to turmoil as she has been divorced three times, lost her father to a prescription drug overdose in 1999 and even faced an addiction battle of her own.
Now president of the popular West Coast burger chain, the Forbes October cover girl opened up about dark moments from her past and why she doesn’t plan to take the beloved burger business East Coast.
Now happily married to her fourth husband, Sean Ellingson, Snyder said her past mistakes with men have ‘forced’ her to be the ‘stronger’ woman she is today.
The born-again Christian married her high school sweetheart Jeremiah Seawell in 2000 before the couple divorced three years later. She then tied the knot to Richard Martinez, whom she has two children with, in 2004, but the matrimony ended in 2011.
In-N-Out heiress Lynsi Snyder has been named the youngest female on the Forbes 400 Richest Americans list, but life wasn’t always so simple for her
The burger chain was first opened in 1948 in Baldwin Park, California by her grandparents
By 2004, Snyder said her wild streak was in full effect and she developed an addiction to alcohol and marijuana.
‘It was like a black-sheep era of my life… by the time I hit 22, it was pretty much over,’ Snyder told Forbes.
Snyder, pictured winning the National Hot Rod Association’s Lucas Oil Drag racing series event in 2012, became the president of In-N-Out in 2010
She married her third husband, Val Torres Jr., who she has one child with, in 2011 before their divorce in 2014.
That same year, she wed her current spouse, Ellingson, who she has her two eldest children with. He is also former employee of In-N-Out.
Aside from her romantic roller coaster past, Snyder spoke about the troubles of her late father, Guy Snyder, who was the president of the chain in the 1990’s.
Snyder’s dad had an affair on her mother and the pair divorced when she was only 12.
Guy was arrested on Christmas in 1995 for public intoxication. He had been carrying an illegal firearm and a switchblade during the arrest.
In 1999, he sadly died at 48 following a hydrocodone overdose. Snyder was only 17 when she lost her dad to addiction.
‘When he was sober, he was the best dad in the world… we had our time cut short,’ Snyder told Forbes.
She even has ‘Daddy’s Girl’ tattooed on her right shoulder.
The burger heiress pictured with her current husband, Sean Ellingson. Lynsi was able to recover from addiction and her dark past after finding religion
Her third husband, Val Torres Jr., is pictured above
She tied the knot to Richard Martinez in 2004, but they divorced in 2011
Snyder married her high school sweetheart, Jeremiah Seawell, in 2000 before the couple divorced three years later
While speaking of the business that made her American’s youngest female billionaire this year, Snyder said she has no plans to take the chain East Coast.
The burger chain, known for its simple menu and for being a hot spot for Hollywood stars, only exists in six states, mostly on the West Coast.
‘I don’t see us stretched across the whole US… I don’t see us in every state. Take Texas, draw a line up and just stick to the left… that’s in my lifetime,’ Snyder said to Forbes.
‘I like that we’re sought after when someone’s coming into town. I like that we’re unique… you put us in every state and it takes away some of its luster.’
Snyder is the only biological heir to the In-N-Out fortune, but she grew up with two half-sisters (pictured) from her mother Lynda’s (bottom left) previous marriage