The CEO of the largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance, Changpeng Zhao, doubled his fortune in a year and became the richest person in the cryptocurrency industry.
According to the Hurun Global Rich List, Zhao’s fortune is estimated at $2.6 billion. Just a year ago, the assets of the CEO of Binance were half of this amount – $1.3 billion.
In the second place of the rating was the co-founder of the company for the production of mining equipment Bitmain Micree Zhang (Micree Zhan), who owns $1.6 billion. At the same time, his assets have noticeably “lost weight” over the year – last year, Zhang’s fortune was estimated at $2.7 billion.
Last fall, Jihan Wu replaced Zhang as CEO of Bitmain, and in a far from peaceful way. At the same time, Jihan Wu himself was not included in the list at all this year, although last year his fortune was estimated at $1.5 billion.
Also in the ranking were OKCoin exchange founder Xu Mingxing with assets of $1.4 billion, ripple Executive Chairman Chris Larsen with a fortune of $1.3 billion, Huobi exchange founder Li Lin, who owns $1.1 billion, and Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong, whose fortune is estimated at $1 billion.
Representatives of the cryptocurrency industry have been able to earn impressive fortunes, although they can’t compete with the founders of traditional companies yet. So, the fortune of Amazon Creator Jeff Bezos (Jeff Bezos) is $140 billion. Moreover, last year Bezos divorced his wife, who sued him for $44 billion.
Recall that recently Changpeng Zhao again called the self-proclaimed Creator of bitcoin Craig Wright (Craig Wright) a fraudster.