February 20, 2020
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RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA - 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 Baldwin Park.

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."

The entire Snyder family has long stayed away from the public eye. In a 2014 feature for Orange Coast Magazine, Lynsi said she believes she was targeted for kidnapping twice. "We back away from it, because we don't want to be in the spotlight, we don't want a bunch of attention. And we want to do what we do best, and that's serve some good burgers to our customers," Snyder told CBS News in 2015.
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