In-N-Out Heiress Lynsi Snyder Opens Up About Past Substance Use Struggles

By McCarton Ackerman 01/17/17

The 34-year-old heiress used drugs and alcohol to cope with the prescription overdose death of her father. 

Lynsi Snyder
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Money doesn’t make you immune from drug addiction—In-N-Out Burger heiress Lynsi Snyder is living proof.

Just four months away from becoming a majority owner of the fast food enterprise on her 35th birthday, the normally private Snyder opened up in a new video to Christian media platform I Am Second about her former experimentation with marijuana and alcohol. She said her father’s death from a drug overdose in 1999 left “my world shattered,” but that she had known about his drug problem for years.

“Probably around age 5 or 6, I noticed we were going to visit my dad in the hospital. I thought it was just a hospital he was staying at but it turned out to be a rehab,” she recalled. “It wasn’t until I was older that I realized he had a drug addiction from different surgeries he’d had and a lot of pain in his past.”

Her father's death left an emptiness that she was desperate to avoid facing head on. She married her high school sweetheart at age 18, but they divorced three years later. Continuing to “fill the void” with men and substances, she married Richard Martinez the following year—but she had an affair and they, too, eventually split.

“At that point, I’d pretty much realized I was the outcast in the family. I started smoking pot, drinking — which were things I really wanted to stay away from [after] watching my dad,” she said. 

After Snyder’s third husband married her “because of money” and regularly cheated on her, she eventually decided to stop the cycle. “I couldn’t feel like a bigger failure at that point,” she said. She found religion and became determined to change her life. 

“I realized [that] I’m gonna follow in the footsteps of my father in that I’m gonna meet an early death if I do not get right with God and follow him,” she said.

These days, her life is decidedly more low-key and is largely centered around charity work and her four children. The fourth time has also been the charm in her personal life. She works with her current husband to serve the Los Angeles community with their Army of Love foundation.

In-N-Out Burger was valued at $1.1 billion in 2013. Snyder inherited half of the company’s shares when she turned 30 and will receive the remaining half in May.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.