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Brian Armstrong

Occupation: business executive and investor

Birthday: January 25, 1983

Age: 38

Birthplace: California

Nationality: American

Birth Sign: Acquarius

OVERVIEW

Brian Armstrong is a billionaire and CEO of cryptocurrency platform Coinbase

Brian Armstrong Career

Armstrong was born in 1983, near San Jose, California, to engineer parents. He earned a dual bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s in computer science. While at college, he started a business matching tutors to students, and after graduating, spent a year in Buenos Aires. While in Argentina, he saw the effects of hyperinflation.

Consultant

Brian’s early career included working as a developer for IBM and consultant at Deloitte. In 2010, he happened across the Bitcoin white paper.

Airbnb

In 2011, he joined Airbnb as a software engineer, and was exposed to payment systems in the 190 countries Airbnb operated in. Soon began working weekends and nights to write code in Ruby and JavaScript to buy and store cryptocurrencies. In 2012, he applied for the Y Combinator startup accelerator and received a $150,000 investment, which he used to found Coinbase.

Coinbase

In 2012, Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam co-founded Coinbase, as a way for cryptocurrency enthusiasts to trade bitcoins and other digital currencies. Following a direct listing in April 2021, Coinbase’s market capitalization rose to $85B, and Armstrong’s personal net worth passed $10B. Fred Ehrsam left the company in 2017 but still owns 6% and serves on the board of directors; he’s also a billionaire.

ResearchHub


Armstrong self-funded the scientific research site ResearchHub, modeled on the GitHub code repository, as a way of making research papers available to the public

brian Armstrong Net worth: $13 billion

Armstrong cofounded Coinbase in San Francisco in 2012 which went public in 2021, briefly reaching a market capitalization of $100 billion. Armstrong owns a stake of about 19% in Coinbase.

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