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Lynsi Torres is the president of In-N-Out Burger, the California-based burger chain with a rabid following. At just 30 years old, she’s the youngest billionaire in the country, loves race car driving, is intensely private, and just happened to give a very rare interview with the Orange County Register last week.

Torres inherited the company at age 24 after the death of her grandmother Esther Snyder, who founded the company with husband Harry Snyder in 1948, as well as her uncle and father, whom the company passed to before her. Since then, In-N-Out has experienced an annual growth rate of about 6 percent, with 281 stores in five states.

"I had no idea In-N-Out was going to fall on my lap as soon as it did," she told the newspaper.

All In-N-Out locations are in the South and on the West Coast, and the reason for that is because all the food is prepared fresh daily (none of the restaurants have freezers or microwaves), so all locations need to be near the two distribution centers, which are in Southern California and Dallas.

"Our focus [is] on quality. I think the customers really respect that," Torres added.

Another major reason why the company hasn’t experienced explosive growth is because they refuse to franchise operations like other fast-food companies have. This allows them to maintain complete control over every aspect of the In-N-Out experience, just the way Torres wants it.

"We're not changing things like many other companies do," she said. "That's kept us unique; it's kept the customers feeling like we're not a sellout."

So unfortunately for those who don’t live near one of these fabled burger joints, especially for those on the East Coast, you won’t be getting an In-N-Out anytime soon. Fortunately for those who do live close to an outpost, the quality of the food served won’t be going down any time soon either.

Orange County’s first In-N-Out is torn down to make way for a new one coming in 2021

It opened in Santa Ana on September 28, 1975 and according to a post by a former employee on, the staff memorized orders and added price totals in their heads.

Each one had to pass a math test because there were no cash registers or adding machines for years. And that somehow seems appropriate for In-N-Out Burger, which has staked its reputation on Southern California’s insatiable desire for its old school burgers and fries.

Crews tear down Orange County’s first In-N-Out Burger in Santa Ana on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 as part of the Bristol Street widening project. The North Bristol In-N-Out first opened in 1975. A new expanded restaurant will be built on a vacant parcel next door. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Crews tear down Orange County’s first In-N-Out Burger in Santa Ana on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 as part of the Bristol Street widening project. The North Bristol In-N-Out first opened in 1975. A new expanded restaurant will be built on a vacant parcel next door. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The building was demolished on Tuesday, July 21. A brand new one is coming soon, said Carl Arena, Vice President, Real Estate & Development for In-N-Out Burger.

“We have begun the redevelopment of our store on North Bristol Street in Santa Ana,” Arena said. “The construction process usually takes us five to six months to build a restaurant and open for business. Our redevelopment calls for increased on-site drive-thru queuing increased on-site parking 40 exterior patio seats (no indoor dining room) and a larger building footprint to increase kitchen capacity.”

This was the first Orange County location of the drive-through burger stand that began in Baldwin Park in 1948. Occasionally it’s confused with the Kwik Snak, formerly at 1001 S. Main Street, which was called “In and Out” but later changed its name. That restaurant was run for 40 years by Alex “Big Al” Molnar who eventually operated Righteous Brothers’, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield’s restaurant at The Hop nightclub.

The new eatery promises to be more accessible the double drive-thru lines of the original In-N-Out Burger in Santa Ana could only queue about 11 cars but the new design will fit up to 34 vehicles. It’s slated to reopen by Jan. 2021, according to the city. Arena said it’s coming soon. “We look forward to welcoming customers back in the not too distant future.”

Exclusive: In-N-Out Billionaire Lynsi Snyder Opens Up About Her Troubled Past And The Burger Chain's Future

amburger Lane is a quarter-mile, palm-lined stretch of Baldwin Park, California, 30 minutes east of Los Angeles. Halfway down the block, a low-slung building covered in gray siding sits behind a security fence. Knowing what’s inside the little structure helps explain the street’s unusual name. It’s the top-secret corporate test kitchen for In-N-Out Burger, the iconic West Coast chain.

Lynsi Snyder, the company’s billionaire president, hovers over a set of double fryers and stove-top griddles. “To be honest, I don’t come here a whole lot,” she says. Given the clean counters and neatly tucked-away cooking utensils, it doesn’t look like anyone comes here often.

Which is probably not far off the mark. While McDonald’s and Burger King serve well over 80 different items, In-N-Out famously serves fewer than 15: burgers, cheeseburgers, fries, soda, milk shakes and the signature two-patty Double-Double. Snyder has added just one thing: hot chocolate in 2018. The company will make tweaks from time to time, like switching to a premium Kona coffee and healthier sunflower oil for cooking fries.

The October 31, 2018 issue of Forbes featuring In-N-Out's Lynsi Snyder.

But Snyder, who at 36 debuts on this year’s Forbes 400 as its youngest woman, with a net worth of $3 billion, fiercely embraces an imperviousness to change. “It’s not [about] adding new products. Or thinking of the next bacon-wrapped this or that. We’re making the same burger, the same fry,” says Snyder, wearing black lace-up combat boots and stacks of silver bracelets on both arms. “We’re really picky and strategic. We’re not going to compromise.”

In-N-Out is a culinary anachronism. It hasn’t evolved much since Snyder’s grandparents founded it in 1948. Buns are baked with slow-rising dough each morning. Three central facilities grind all the (never-frozen) meat, delivering daily to the 333 restaurants. Nearly all its locations are in California, and all are company owned. (In-N-Out does not franchise.) Heat lamps, microwaves and freezers are banned from the premises. The recipes for its burgers and fries have remained essentially the same for 70 years.

Consistency has earned it a passionate following. In-N-Out has become a fixture at Oscars after-parties. Its secret menu, like the option to order a burger “protein style”—lettuce leaves, no bun—is the least well-kept secret since the WikiLeaks cables. Top chefs like Gordon Ramsay, David Chang and Thomas Keller are all enthusiastic fans. The actor-cum-rapper Donald Glover has rhapsodized about In-N-Out in his lyrics. And in 2006 Paris Hilton got a DUI because, as she later explained, “I was just really hungry, and I wanted to have an In-N-Out burger.”

“They have a loyalty and an enthusiasm for the brand that very, very few restaurants can ever obtain,” says Robert Woolway, who handles restaurant deals for the L.A.-based investment bank FocalPoint Partners.

That loyalty is lucrative. An In-N-Out store outsells a typical McDonald’s nearly twice over, bringing in an estimated $4.5 million in gross annual sales versus McDonald’s $2.6 million. (In-N-Out, which is private, won’t comment on its financials.) In-N-Out’s profit margin (measured by earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) is an estimated 20%. That’s higher than In-N-Out’s East Coast rival Shake Shack (16%) and other restaurant chains that typically own their locations, like Chipotle (10.5%). Revenue should surpass $1 billion this year, roughly doubling in eight years, and the business is debt-free, according to the company. In-N-Out is conservatively worth $3 billion, and Snyder now owns virtually all of it after receiving chunks on her 25th, 30th and 35th birthdays (she got the last slice in 2017).

Snyder is an unlikely shepherd of her family’s business. By all rights, her uncle should be running In-N-Out, if not for his untimely death. She never graduated from college and lost her father to drug abuse. As a young woman, she battled through a period of alcohol and drug use and three di­vorces. Snyder, a devout Christian who sports tattoos of Bible ­verses, came out of those experiences drawn to In-N-Out’s long-standing stability—determined to change the company as little as possible, particularly the brand’s image of 1950s wholesomeness. After taking over in 2010, she embarked on a slow, steady expansion across the West, opening more than 80 stores in the same period that Five Guys, a close competitor, added more than 500 across America.

“I felt a deep call to make sure that I preserve those things that [my family] would want. That we didn’t ever look to the left and the right to see what everyone else is doing, cut corners or change things drastically or compromise,” says Snyder, who has spoken with the media only a handful of times. “I really wanted to make sure that we stayed true to what we started with. That required me to become a protector. A guardian.”

n 1948, Harry and Esther Snyder, Lynsi’s grandparents, opened the first In-N-Out, in Baldwin Park. It had no indoor seating, so Harry installed a two-way speaker box connected to the kitchen, creating an early drive-thru window. As Americans flooded the new U.S. highway system, In-N-Out, which was placing its restaurants alongside the new roads, took off. In southern California, In-N-Outs became a hangout for hot rod racers. From the early days, Harry and Esther were keen to keep as many aspects of the business in-house as they could. They butchered their own meat, started a wholesaling firm to stock up on paper supplies and used their own construction crew to build new stores.

In-N-Out grew gradually, reaching 18 locations, all in California, by the time Harry died in 1976. His younger son, Rich, took his spot the elder son, Guy, Lynsi’s father, had been passed over. He had an ongoing problem with opioids after a motorcycle accident left him with chronic pain. He spent his days away from the company, drag racing or on his 115-acre ranch in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where Lynsi grew up.

In December 1993, Rich flew to see his niece Lynsi in a play at a ­private Christian school and then continued on to the opening of store No. 93 in Fresno, California. On the way home, the ten-passenger plane crashed, leaving no survivors. After his death, Esther became president, and Guy, who had separated from Lynsi’s mother earlier that year, took over as executive vice president and chairman.

During Guy’s six years as chairman, In-N-Out grew to 140 stores, with over $200 million in revenue. Yet he struggled personally. On Christmas Day 1995 he was arrested for public intoxication and illegally carrying a loaded firearm, which he had along with a switchblade knife and marijuana. Over the next few years he survived a drug-related heart attack and three drug overdoses before dying of heart failure (with hydrocodone in his system) in December 1999, at age 48.

“When he was sober, he was the best dad in the world. We had our time cut short,” says Lynsi, who has a scroll with the words “Daddy’s Girl” tattooed on her right shoulder.

Before her father died, Lynsi had worked for a few months at an In-N-Out in Redding, California, separating leaves of lettuce and working the register. Soon after, the 18-year-old married and moved close to the company’s headquarters in Baldwin Park to take a job at In-N-Out’s corporate merchandising department, approving projects like T-shirt designs. Lynsi fell into a year-long stretch of alcohol and marijuana use, and she and her husband divorced after a few years. A second short-lived marriage followed.

“It was like a black-sheep era of my life,” she says. “By the time I hit 22, it was pretty much over.”

Lynsi rotated through departments at In-N-Out to learn the business. As Lynsi educated herself on how it worked, Esther, then in her 80s, ran day-to-day operations. Then Esther died too, in 2006.

Mark Taylor, a longtime In-N-Out executive (who is also Lynsi’s brother-in-law), became company president, turning over the role to Lynsi in 2010. At age 27, Lynsi was running In-N-Out, which was generating an estimated $550 million in sales at 251 locations.

Her third marriage came soon after, this time to a race car driver. (It’s in the blood: Lynsi also drag races competitively.) They divorced in 2014, followed by her fourth marriage. “The things that I’ve been through forced me to be stronger,” she says. “When you persevere, you end up developing more strength.”

n In-N-Out restaurant is a time capsule. The red-and-white color scheme hasn’t changed since the 1950s, and the chrome tables and vinyl chairs are poodle-skirt-era throwbacks. Palm trees are a frequent motif—printed on the company’s plates, painted onto restaurant walls—a nod both to In-N-Out’s California roots and to Grandpa Snyder’s favorite movie, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, from 1963. Bible verse numbers have appeared on burger wrappers and cups since 1985, and Snyder has added two more: Proverbs 24:16 (for those unfamiliar: “ . the wicked shall fall into mischief”) to the fries container and Luke 6:35 (“But love ye your enemies, and do good”) to coffee cups.

Over the past 30 years, the price of the Double-Double hasn’t even kept up with inflation. In 1989 the sandwich cost $2.15, or about $4.40 in current dollars. It costs $3.85 today. A combo meal (Double-Double, fries, drink) goes for $7.30, compared with $10.94 for Shake Shack’s standard double-burger patty and fries.

So how does In-N-Out maintain its margins? To start, the limited menu means reduced costs for raw ingredients. The company also saves money by buying wholesale and grinding the beef in-house. By doing its own sourcing and distribution, it likely saves 3% to 5% in food costs a year. It cuts out an estimated 6% to 10% of total costs by owning most of its properties—many bought years ago—and not paying rent. In-N-Out picks its locations carefully, clustering them near one another and close to highways to lower delivery costs while also avoiding pricey urban cores. It has just one location within the city limits of Los Angeles and one in San Francisco, while many Shake Shacks are smack in the center of town.

While much has stayed the same at In-N-Out, Snyder has made some changes. She moved the company into Texas for the first time in 2011 and into Oregon four years later. Last November, In-N-Out announced it would expand to Colorado—once it finishes building a new regional headquarters and a patty-making facility there, likely by 2020. New Mexico may be next, a few years after Colorado, Snyder says, since the new supply center is nearby. Snyder still abides by the long-standing In-N-Out rule that all new restaurants fall within a day’s drive from the nearest warehouse, so meat and other ingredients stay fresh.

“I don’t see us stretched across the whole U.S. 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 says. “I like that we’re sought after when someone’s coming into town. I like that we’re unique. That we’re not on every corner. You put us in every state and it takes away some of its luster.”

No matter where In-N-Out goes, it has to deal with competitors with entrenched positions. In Texas it faces 68-year-old Whataburger. The $2-billion-in-revenue company has 674 locations in the Lone Star State—In-N-Out has just 36 there—after opening 116 more in Texas since In-N-Out came in. “Certainly we’d love for them to go somewhere else. But they’re welcome to compete,” says Preston Atkinson, Whataburger’s CEO. “They’re doing something different than we are. In-N-Out has got a limited menu.” But In-N-Out is betting that its small number of offerings and higher-­quality food will help win over ­Whataburger customers. It has launched a highway billboard campaign outside Dallas—where ­Whataburger has 20% of its stores—with the tag­line “No Microwaves, No Freezers, No Heat Lamps.”

On its California home turf, In-N-Out must defend against incursions. Shake Shack, the popular $359-million-in-sales burger chain founded by the New York restaurateur Danny Meyer, has come west, opening nine locations in southern California during the last two years, with plans to open three in the Bay Area starting this fall. Shake Shack burgers, made with meat from the famous high-end butcher Pat LaFrieda and served on potato-bread buns from Martin’s, have their own loyal following. “We wanted to bring our own spin to California,” says Andrew McCaughan, Shake Shack’s vice president of development. “It’s absolutely a key market for us, and we continue to really want to invest deeper and deeper in the market.”

At In-N-Out, Snyder’s “goals are not for us to be the biggest,” says executive vice president Bob Lang, a 45-year In-N-Out veteran. “Really, it’s about maintaining the legacy of her family and a family environment.”

Snyder is popular with her 26,000 employees. She has a 99% approval rating on, the job-reviews site, and is ranked No. 4. on a 2018 Glassdoor list of top bosses at large companies, ahead of CEOs like LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner, Salesforce’s Marc Benioff and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella.

In-N-Out and Snyder get high marks for a reason: good pay and career development. Restaurant workers, or “associates” in In-N-Out speak, make $13 an hour, versus the $9 to $10 or so that’s typical at most national competitors, including McDonald’s and Burger King. Part- and full-time restaurant workers can enroll in dental, vision and life insurance plans through the company, and full-timers can get health insurance and paid vacation, accruing time off after two weeks of employment.

The average In-N-Out manager has been with the company for 17 years and makes $163,000, more than the typical California dentist, accountant or financial advisor. Managers get profit-sharing, too. “They’re simulating an ownership mentality at the restaurant,” says John Glass, a restaurant-industry equity analyst at Morgan Stanley. “That manager now has skin in the game.”

ne idea has been firmly held in the minds of the Snyders. It might as well be the family motto: The company isn’t for sale.

Back when he was chairman, Rich Snyder summed up the thought of selling In-N-Out this way: “I would be prostituting what my parents made by doing that,” he told Forbes in 1989. “There is money to be made by doing those things, but you lose something, and I don’t want to lose what I was raised with all my life.”

Over the course of a month, Lynsi Snyder routinely gets offers to take In-N-Out public or sell. “We’ve had some pretty crazy offers,” says Snyder. “There’s been, like, princes and different people throwing some big numbers at us where I’m like, ‘Really?’ ” The plan never changes. “We will continue to politely say no to Wall Street or to the Saudi princes. Whoever will come,” says Arnie Wensinger, In-N-Out’s longtime general counsel.

The idea of an In-N-Out IPO leaves bankers like Damon Chandik, the head of Piper Jaffray’s restaurant M&A team, salivating. “I get calls all the time on In-N-Out. It would be the hottest IPO out there,” he says. “I admire her and the whole company for not going down the path. You do have that risk of ultimately changing the culture of the business.”

Given the investor appetite for Shake Shack, whose stock trades at almost 100 times earnings, a public offering would undoubtedly hand In-N-Out tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars in working capital—and give Snyder a way to cash out part of her stake in the business.

“It’s not about the money for us,” she says. “Unless God sends a lightning bolt down and changes my heart miraculously, I would not ever sell.”

Final In-N-Out Thoughts

While I don’t crave In-N-Out, I do enjoy it. Most importantly, they’re still family-owned and refuse to change a thing. I admire that they do things their own way and will not sacrifice the quality of the food they produce. In-N-Out is an American original that’s only available in a few states, and if we’re lucky, they’ll be around forever.

In-N-Out Opens Pop-Up Store in Manila

For quite some time, there have been rumors about In-N-Out coming to Manila. It seems that the local crowd has been longing for this famed burger joint to enter the Philippines, as seen in this community page, which has been petitioning for them to put up a franchise here.

And since nothing was really happening, there was more than enough reason to turn a blind eye on the rumors. Until yesterday. Because from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., In-N-Out catered to the salivating Filipino crowd via a pop-up store in Bonifacio High Street’s Clawdaddy.

While we weren’t able to sample the burgers ourselves, we were able to get a bit of feedback via Instagram and Twitter on how they tasted like, and if they were true to the ones in the States. While skimming through the photos, I was surprised to see that the secret menu items (Animal Style, Protein Style, etc) were displayed. But then again, it was probably necessary since the people behind this In-N-Out Manila pop-up store wanted its customers to sample the bestselling items (whether they were in the regular or secret menu).

Take a look at what we dug up via social media. Rumor has it, they’re opening here for good by the end of the year. For the meantime, you can recreate their Animal Fries through our recipe here. Patience is a virtue, indeed.

Were you able to taste the In-N-Out burger yesterday? What’s your verdict? Do you think it’s worth staying in Metro Manila? Tell us your beef in the comments section below.

In-N-Out heiress Lynsi Snyder opens up in rare interview

In-N-Out Burger CEO Lynsi Snyder shown outside the new restaurant in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

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In-N-Out Burger CEO Lynsi Snyder, right, gives 18-year employee Barbie Fowler, 70, a hug at the grand opening of the new Rancho Santa Margarita restaurant in 2013.

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Barbie Fowler, 70, left, who has worked for In-N-Out for 18-years gets a goodbye wave from CEO Lynsi Snyder as she leaves the Rancho Santa Margarita restaurant in 2013.

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7 of 47 Anthony Bourdain once said In-N-Out was his favorite place to eat in LA, and the "only fast food chain that I actually like, and this is reasonably good for the world." Andy Kropa/Associated Press Show More Show Less

8 of 47 When Harry Snyder founded In-N-Out in 1948, it was California's first drive-thru hamburger stand. Adam Lau / Associated Press Show More Show Less

Snyder, a longtime fan of drag racing, invested in the Irwindale Drag Strip, and sold burgers to fans at concession stands.

Van Halen's 1986 album 5150 was reportedly fueled by In-N-Out. In an interview for the book "In-N-Out: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain," Sammy Hagar said when he first joined the band, they ate there at least three days a week.

13 of 47 The crossed palm trees planted in front of many restaurants come from Snyder's favorite film, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." In the movie, characters race to find treasure buried under palm trees resembling the letter W. In this case, the treasure is Snyder's beloved franchise. Bloomberg photo by Luke Sharrett Show More Show Less

14 of 47 In-N-Out's original slogan was "No Delay." That was scrapped in 1954, when the company adopted its signature arrow sign. Employees used to say, "The arrow points to pride." FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images Show More Show Less

16 of 47 In-N-Out is credited with being the first restaurant chain to have a two-way speaker system for the drive thru. Founder Snyder installed the intercom system in 1948. Adam Lau/AP Show More Show Less

17 of 47 Julia Child loved it. According to Reader's Digest, Child's assistant delivered hamburgers from the chain to her hospital bedside while she recovered from knee surgery. Associated Press Show More Show Less

19 of 47 Besides the whole peppers near the ketchup, you can order diced yellow pickled peppers to add some kick to your burger. Pro tip: They're even more amazing on animal fries. MICHAEL MACOR Show More Show Less

20 of 47 Online, you can order oddly high-end In-N-Out merchandise via the "Vault Forty Eight" section on the website. Items include $130 watches, Swarovski-studded keychains and $250 paintings George Rose/Getty Images Show More Show Less

22 of 47 In-N-Out restaurants didn't have dining rooms until 1979. Tyler White/San Antonio Express-News Show More Show Less

23 of 47 Managers make around $160,000 per year. Sarah Rice/Special to The Chronicle Show More Show Less

In December, In-N-Out added its first new menu item in over a decade: hot cocoa.

26 of 47 The restaurant didn't serve soda for its first decade in business. Supallcomm/Wikimedia Commons Show More Show Less

28 of 47 There are 335 In-N-Outs in six states in the western U.S. Show More Show Less

29 of 47 The Barefoot Contessa is a fan, too. "I have to say, I don't eat fast food at all, with one exception," she told the Today Show in 2017. The exception is, of course, In-N-Out. Helen L. Montoya/San Antonio Express-News Show More Show Less

31 of 47 Employees are referred to as "associates." Their uniforms consist of all white with a single red apron and cap. Tyler White/San Antonio Express-News Show More Show Less

Employees get one free meal per shift.

34 of 47 The only restaurant-goers who get discounts are in-uniform police officers, according to a Redditor claiming to be a former In-N-Out employee. PAUL CHINN Show More Show Less

35 of 47 Even celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay loves In-N-Out. He told Eater: ""People think Americans are obese and burgers are bad for them—they are delicious. In-N-Out burgers were extraordinary. I was so bad, I sat in the restaurant, had my double cheeseburger then minutes later I drove back round and got the same thing again to take away."

37 of 47 Employees start at $13 per hour (as of March 2018). William Luther/San Antonio Express-News Show More Show Less

In-N-Out has its own "university," intended to train service staff and managers.

40 of 47 After it was revealed the company donated $25,000 to the California GOP in the summer of 2018, people began boycotting the chain. William Luther/San Antonio Express-News Show More Show Less

41 of 47 A customer in Las Vegas once ordered a 100x100 — 100 patties and 100 slices of cheese — spurring a new rule that 4x4 burger stacks would be the max. Screenshot from Twitter Show More Show Less

43 of 47 When Rich Snyder was president he reportedly videotaped trainees to analyze their techniques, according to the textbook "Exploring Management." William Luther/San Antonio Express-News Show More Show Less

44 of 47 You can order your fries seven different ways: regular fries, fries light, fries well-done, fries light well, fries no salt, cheese fries, and fries animal-style. Christian Razukas/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons Show More Show Less

In the 1960s, meals came with hand-cut "lap mats" so diners could eat in their cars mess-free.

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Lynsi Snyder, the famously private billionaire owner of In-N-Out Burger, has given a rare interview with the Christian Post.

Snyder is the only grandchild of In-N-Out founders Harry and Esther Snyder, who opened the first outpost of West Coast burger chain in 1948. In part due to a series of family tragedies, she became president of the company in 2010 at just 28 years old and sole owner when she turned 35. Her uncle, Richard Snyder, died in a plane crash in 1993 and her father, H. Guy Snyder, died of an accidental drug overdose in 1999.

Given the outlet, it's no surprise Snyder's interview deals primarily with her religious beliefs she's an Evangelical Christian.

"The mother-of-four pointed out that many churches are 'afraid' to talk about spiritual warfare and demons, but Christians must be equipped to handle the demonic and prepared to battle the forces of darkness," the Christian Post writes.

"'The battle over souls is being waged in the heavenly,'" she said. "'We want to be on the front lines of this battle to save the lost and bring fallen Christians back to their first love.'"

Snyder points to religion as her refuge after the collapse of three marriages in her twenties. She also views it as a guiding light in her role as In-N-Out president.

"It was my uncle Rich who put the Bible verses on the cups and wrappers in the early '90s, just before he passed away," she told the Christian Post. "He had just accepted the Lord and wanted to put that little touch of his faith on our brand. It's a family business and will always be, and that's a family touch. In later years, I added verses to the fry boat, coffee, and hot cocoa cups."


Snyder was born in Glendora, California, to Lynda Lou (née Wilson) and Harry Guy Snyder. She is of Dutch descent on her father's side. [8] When she was 12, her parents separated and she moved with her mother to the small town of Shingletown, California, where she lived on a ranch and graduated from Redding Christian School, a private high school in Palo Cedro, California, that her parents helped found. [9] Her parents eventually divorced in January 1997. [10] She has two older half-sisters (Traci and Teri) through her mother. Traci is married to former In-N-Out President and COO Mark Taylor. [11] Snyder's uncle Rich died in 1993 in a plane crash, and her father died in 1999 from an accidental drug overdose. [12]

On January 1, 2010, Snyder became the 6th President of In-N-Out, succeeding her brother-in-law, Mark Taylor, who was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of the company. [13] She occupies the same position that her grandfather Harry (1948–1976), uncle Rich (1976–1993), father Guy (1993–1999), and grandmother Esther (1999–2006) previously held. Before Snyder became President of In-N-Out Burger, a taped message from her was broadcast to all company associates letting them know about the transition and the future of the company. Esther Snyder's signature was finally replaced with Lynsi Snyder's on associates' paychecks in 2009, three years after Esther Snyder's death.

During 2006, Snyder and In-N-Out were embroiled in a bitter lawsuit with a former company executive, Rich Boyd. [14] Boyd was fired for allegedly misusing company funds, but he claimed that Snyder, and then Vice-President Mark Taylor, were trying to oust the elderly Esther Snyder from the company. Both Lynsi Snyder and Mark Taylor denied the claims, and the lawsuit was settled out of court in May 2006. [15]

Snyder took ownership of her father's share of In-N-Out (50% of the company) on her 30th birthday, and inherited the balance of the company that was not already in trust for her when her grandmother Esther died. [16] [17] [18] Snyder gained full control of the company when she turned 35. [19]

In February 2013, Snyder was ranked a billionaire for the first time by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, based on an In-N-Out valuation of $1.1 billion. [20] That same year, she ranked No. 93 on Maxim's annual Hot 100 list. [21]

Snyder funds Healing Hearts & Nations (HHN), a non-profit corporation that builds training centers in Africa and India and trains local community leaders for the purpose of providing different forms of counseling to the underprivileged local population. [22] She is also actively involved with the In-N-Out Burger Foundation, which supports abused and neglected children. [23]

Marriages and children Edit

Snyder has been married four times and has four children. Her husbands have been:

  1. Jeremiah Seawell (2000–2003): Seawell was a local boy from Redding, California, who was Snyder's high school sweetheart. They married shortly after her 18th birthday, in summer 2000, and moved back to her hometown of Glendora. [24] The couple separated within two years and eventually divorced in 2003. [25]
  2. Richard Martinez (2004–2011): Snyder then married former In-N-Out employee Richard Martinez. In November 2006, Snyder gave birth to fraternal twins (one boy, one girl). [26] Snyder filed for divorce in September 2010, and this was finalized in late 2011. [27]
  3. Val Torres Jr. (2011–2014): In 2010, while still married to Martinez, Snyder began dating Torres, a race car driver. On July 15, 2011, Snyder gave birth to their son. [citation needed] Her divorce from Martinez was finalized later in 2011. Shortly after, she married Torres in a small ceremony. [8] Snyder filed for divorce from Torres in 2013 the marriage officially ended the following year. [28]
  4. Sean Ellingson (July 5, 2014 – present): In May 2014, Snyder became engaged to another ex-In-N-Out employee, Sean Ellingson, a native of La Verne, California. They married on July 5 of that year in Malibu, California, and had a small ceremony in her hometown of Glendora. [29] She gave birth to their son, her fourth child, in late 2014. Ellingson is the older brother of actor Evan Ellingson.

Religion Edit

Snyder is a devout Evangelical Christian, and has spoken several times about her faith. [30] In 2015, her testimonial was featured on I Am Second. In it, she spoke about the many deaths within her family and her previous failed marriages and how her faith helped her cope with these misfortunes. [31]

Drag racing and residence Edit

Like her father, Snyder is an avid drag racing fan and member of the NHRA. [32] She regularly competes in drag racing events. [8] In 2015, she was featured on an episode of Jay Leno's Garage, where she showed off a modified '41 Willys that was previously owned by her late father. [33]

In August 2012, Snyder reportedly purchased a 7-bedroom, 16-bathroom mansion with 16,600 square feet (1,540 m 2 ) of interior space in Bradbury, California, from Texas Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré for a sum in excess of US$17 million. [34] Snyder has stated that she works primarily out of the Baldwin Park office, home of In-N-Out University and formerly company headquarters, rather than the Irvine corporate headquarters because it is closer to her Bradbury home. [13]

Reclusivity and kidnapping attempts Edit

Snyder has frequently been called reclusive and media-shy, due to her long-time penchant for declining nearly all interview requests and rarely appearing at public events. [35] However, in recent years she has become more open to the media, participating in profiles with the Orange County Register, Orange Coast, and CBS News. [13] [30] [36]

In her January 2014 interview with Orange Coast, Snyder said that she has been the target of at least two kidnapping attempts. In the wake of these attempts, she has deliberately kept herself out of the public eye for the safety of her family, she said. The first purported kidnapping attempt occurred when she was still a high school student in Shingletown the second took place several years later in Baldwin Park, near the local In-N-Out distribution center. [36]

In-N-Out planning more stores in Oregon, company president Lynsi Snyder confirms

For many outside a one-hour radius of Medford, the home of Oregon's first and newly minted In-N-Out, getting a double double with fries is only likely to happen on a road trip or a happy visit.

But President Lynsi Snyder, granddaughter of founder Harry Snyder, hints that the wait won't be long for the rest of the state.

"I keep all of our growth stuff top-secret, but I will say there will be more stores in Oregon."

The company, which has slowly expanded since the first restaurant opened in 1948 in Baldwin Park in California, has strategically opened their stores. After California, they moved to Nevada, Arizona and Utah before purposefully opening a warehouse distribution center in Texas. It didn't take long to realize that Oregon would be the next state.

The couple behind them, David and Lyn Gigar, have been visiting In-N-Outs for decades. The couple always makes sure to stop at an In-N-Out before they reach their friends or family, they said.

David, 73, is also an In-N-Out T-shirt collector. He has over 30 still in the plastic in a drawer at home and purchases duplicates to wear. He bought the shirt he wore Wednesday morning almost 25 years ago on his 50th birthday.

"We bought it because it says 'over the hill,'" Lyn, 66, explained.

Dan Cortez, third in line, drove down from the Salem-Dallas area Tuesday night. Heɽ been waiting since around 10 p.m.

"I waited 21 years for them to get up here," said Cortez, a 48-year-old Los Angeles native who has fond memories growing up just minutes from an In-N-Out. "When I heard last year, I told my wife I was going to wait in line."

Understanding the love affair people have with the burger giant varies from person to person, but Snyder, though admittedly biased, says it's a lot more than just the food.

"Like I've said before, I'm biased," she said. "I believe we have the best burger and the quality and the service you experience. We have customers at each store that are regulars, we know their order by heart, we know their name. That's just one of those things that people love. There's just a love relationship. I love our people, I love our customer, they love the customer, the customer loves them, it's awesome."

In-N-Out ‘monkey style’ burger doesn’t officially exist? Do it anyway!

Turns out, the In-N-Out “monkey-style” burger doesn’t officially exist. We know, this could potentially be the biggest food conspiracy/upset of the century. But since when did a college kid, loyal In-N-Out fan or pregnant woman need an official stamp on a crazy food combination to make it happen?

It was supposed to be a burger with an order of so-called animal-style fries, otherwise known as fries topped with grilled onions, spread and cheese, inside the burger. A massive, cheesy, potatoey, meaty monumental In-N-Out creation.

But In-N-Out says it’s just a myth.

“There is no such thing,” Carl Van Fleet, a vice president at In-N-Out Burger, said in a statement. “It seems to be a story that originated somewhere in cyberspace. For a variety of reasons, we’re unable to prepare burgers in the manner that a few websites have described as ‘monkey style.’ ”

It all started last week after talk of a mysterious “monkey-style” burger on Twitter momentarily shifted cronut craze into burger craze. FoodBeast blogger Elie Ayrouth posted a video of himself ordering, then eating the “monkey-style” creation and sent people running to In-N-Out to get their hands on their own. The problem? See above (“there is no such thing”).

“After trying to order Monkey Style from In-N-Out from diff locations, multiple friends & I conclude that it doesn’t exist. Any successes?” tweeted Kristie Kang.

“They don’t do monkey style burgers at In-N-Out #disappointed,” tweeted Jason Yip.

Even if Ayrouth’s video was just a hoax, he still did us a huge favor. There’s nothing stopping anyone from going to In-N-Out, ordering a burger and animal-style fries and mixing the two together. You can even get two orders of the fries and shove them into a burger and add pickles while you’re at it.

In-N-Out heiress Lynsi Snyder re-lists her Bradbury mansion for $16.8 million

In-N-Out Burger heiress Lynsi Snyder’s palatial Mediterranean-style home in Bradbury is back on the market.

The asking price is $16.8 million.

Synder bought the 4-plus-acre spread in 2012 from former Los Angeles Dodgers player Adrián Beltré for $17.41 million, property records show. She’s had it on and off the market since 2017 for as much as $19.79 million.

Completed in 2010, the 18,687-square-foot house and guest house have 11 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms and a seamless indoor-outdoor design.

The main home features a master suite that includes a sitting room with a fireplace, an extravagant bathroom, two walk-in closets, a private office and a hair salon.

Other highlights include a gourmet kitchen, temperature-controlled wine cellar and tasting room.

There’s also a billiards game room with a wet bar, movie theater and fitness center.

The backyard boasts a 3,400-square-foot recreation building, a cabana with dining areas and a full outdoor kitchen and resort-inspired amenities. They include an infinity-edge pool, a two-hold golf course with sand traps and practice putting green, and regulation tennis and basketball courts.

A vineyard, mature landscaping and fruit trees complete the grounds.

Joe Chiovare and Ronald Chang of Coldwell Banker Realty share the listing.

Synder, 38, is president and owner of In-N-Out Burger, one of Southern California’s most popular fast-food chains. It was founded by her grandparents, Harry and Esther Snyder, in 1948. After her grandfather died in December 1976 at 63, the company fell to her uncle and later her father both of whom died young — Rich, 41, in a Santa Ana plane crash in 1993 and Guy, 48, from an accidental prescription drug overdose in 1999. Esther ran the company until she died in August 2006 at 86.