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Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao Net Worth Rivals Tech Giants, Amasses $96 Billion Excluding Crypto Holdings

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Early cryptocurrency believers and investors are now rivaling tech giants in net worth, Changepeng Zhao, the CEO and Founder of Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange platform now worth an estimated $96 billion excluding his private cryptocurrency holdings, according to a Bloomberg report released on Sunday.

The world’s most prominent cryptocurrency personality, Zhao is closing in on Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, three of the world’s leading tech billionaires. At $96 billion, Zhao is richer than Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest person and could worth more if private cryptocurrency holdings are factored in.

“Zhao’s fortune could be significantly larger, as the wealth estimate doesn’t take into account his personal crypto holdings, which include Bitcoin and his firm’s own token. The so-called Binance Coin surged roughly 1,300% last year,” the report noted.

Zhao, 44, founded Binance in China before it was banned amid a series of regulatory probes. Presently, the U.S. Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service are investigating whether Zhao controlled Binance Holdings Ltd., is involved in money laundering and tax evasion.

In 2021, Binance realised about $20 billion in revenue, going by Bloomberg estimates of the company’s trading volume and fees. To put things in perspective, that is triple of what Wall Street experts are projecting that the newly listed Coinbase Global Inc., valued at $50 billion will generate in 2021.

“Coinbase might appear to be the 800-pound gorilla from a U.S. perspective, but Binance is significantly bigger,” said Chris Brendler analyst with DA Davidson & Co.

At a Bloomberg New Economy Forum held in Singapore, Zhao revealed some of the company’s numbers. He said Binance, at some point, has done $170 billion in transactions in 24 hours and on a slow day, does about $40 billion.

The report assumed Zhao’s stake in Binance is about 90 percent. However, Zhao declined to comment and disputed the accuracy of Bloomberg estimates.

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Nasdaq, Entrepreneur.com, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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Top 10 Richest People in the World Gained $38.24 Billion on Friday

The top ten richest billionaires in the world saw their combined net worth increase by $38.24 billion on Friday when global equities rebounded following a three-week of decline.

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The top ten richest billionaires in the world saw their combined net worth increase by $38.24 billion on Friday when global equities rebounded following a three-week of decline.

Elon Musk’s net worth rose by $7.54 billion to $223 billion, reducing his year-to-date decline from over $50 billion to $46.8 billion. Jeff Bezos, the world’s second-richest man, net worth rose by $4.16 billion to $140 billion on the back of $4.02, or Amazon stock closed at $116.46 a unit on Friday.

Bernard Arnault’s net worth expanded by $5.16 billion from $125.84 billion on Thursday to $131 billion. Bernard Arnault owned a 46.84% stake in LVMH and its stock price rose €21.40, or to €587.40 a unit.

Bill Gates, the former world’s richest man and a shareholder in Microsoft Inc, realised $2.72 billion in Friday’s rally. Presently, Gates’s net worth stood at $116 billion, reducing his year-to-date decline to $21.7 billion.

Alphabet (Google Inc) co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin gained $4.56 billion and $4.34 billion to see their net worths jump to $107 billion and $102 billion, respectively. On Friday, the price of Alphabet stocks appreciated by $114.66, or to $2,359.50 a unit.

Warren Buffett, the largest shareholder in Berkshire Hathaway, recorded a $3.55 billion increase in his net worth to $96.8 billion. Buffet owns a 30.71% stake in Berkshire Hathaway, according to the available information.

Gautam Adani, who recently announced $8 billion donations to mark his 60 birthday, has gained part of that donation back. The billionaire’s total net worth grew by $2.23 billion to $94.9 billion as of Friday.

Adani’s net worth rose the most among the top ten billionaires this year so far. The billionaire’s year-to-date change or increase expanded to $18.4 billion as shown in the table below.

Steve Ballmer, the proud owner of the Los Angeles Clippers Basketball Team, gained $2.82 billion from the Friday rally. Total net worth rose to $94.5 billion.

Mukesh Ambani, the second Indian billionaire on the list, saw his net worth grow by $1.16 billion to join his fellow Indian, Adani as the two billionaires with positive year-to-date returns despite the surge in global uncertainty due to the Russia-Ukraine war. Ambani’s total net worth inched higher to $90.4 billion. See the table below for more details.

Top 10 Richest People in the World

Rank Name Total Net Worth $ Last Change $ YTD Change Country Industry
1 Elon Musk $223B +$7.54B -$46.8B United States Technology
2 Jeff Bezos $140B +$4.16B -$52.4B United States Technology
3 Bernard Arnault $131B +$5.16B -$46.7B France Consumer
4 Bill Gates $116B +$2.72B -$21.7B United States Technology
5 Larry Page $107B +$4.56B -$21.9B United States Technology
6 Sergey Brin $102B +$4.34B -$21.4B United States Technology
7 Warren Buffett $96.8B +$3.55B -$12.2B United States Diversified
8 Gautam Adani $94.9B +$2.23B +$18.4B India Industrial
9 Steve Ballmer $94.5B +$2.82B -$11.1B United States Technology
10 Mukesh Ambani $90.4B +$1.16B +$439M India Energy

 

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Top 7 Crypto Billionaires Lose a Combined $114 Billion

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Fortune of top seven crypto billionaires plunged with cryptocurrency crash as market uncertainties amid rising interest rates dragged on capital inflow into the cryptocurrency market.

According to Bloomberg’s recent report, the top 7 crypto billionaires have lost a combined $114 billion to the present crash and it could get worse.

Changpeng Zhao, the world’s richest cryptocurrency investor and the CEO of Binance, was reported to be worth $95.8 billion in 2021. Presently, the CEO of the biggest cryptocurrency exchange company with investment in Bitcoin and BNB coins, worth $10.2 billion. Meaning, the billionaire has lost $85.6 billion since the cryptocurrency crash started last month.

Samuel Bankman-Fried, the 29-year-old co-founder and chief executive officer of FTX cryptocurrency exchange firm, has seen his net worth decline by $6.2 billion from $15.1 billion reported in November 2021 to $8.9 billion in June 2022, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Brian Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase, is presently worth $2.1 billion after the company announced it was cutting staff strength by 18% because of the plunge in cryptocurrency value.

In 2021, Bloomberg estimated Armstrong’s net worth at $13.7 billion shortly after Coinbase was listed on NASDAQ. Since listed, Coinbase’s stock value has plunged by $290.42, or

In the first quarter alone, revenue dropped by 35.28% to $1.17 billion while net income dipped by 155.69% to -$429.66 million. Highlighting the level of uncertainty in the cryptocurrency space.

Other billionaires on the list also suffer losses, Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Investment Partners which focuses on cryptocurrency investments, and Fred Ehrsam, co-founder of cryptocurrency investment firm Paradigm and Coinbase, worth $2.1 billion each as shown below.  See the top 7 crypto billionaires below.

List of Top 7 Crypto Billionaires 

Billionaires Net Worth as of 9 Nov. 2021 Net Worth as of 13 June 2022
Changpeng Zhao $95.8B $10.2B
Samuel Bankman-Fried 15.1B 8.9B
Brian Armstrong 13.7B 2.1B
Mike Novogratz 8.5B 2.1B
Fred Ehrsam 4.5B 2.1B
Tyler Winklevoss 3.8B 3.0B
Cameron Winklevoss 3.8B 3.0B

 

 

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Twitter Investors Drag Elon Musk to Court Over Wrongful Conduct, Market Manipulation

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Following a US$9.12, or

In the lawsuit filed in California and obtained by the media, Twitter investors accused Musk of wrongful conduct via a series of false statements and market manipulation strategies. This, they claimed has created chaos in the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, California.

The aggrieved investors accused Elon Musk of violating “California corporate laws in several ways.” 

Frank Bottini, one of the lawyers representing Twitter investors, told reporters that the lawsuit was filed because Mr. Musk “continues to disparage the company he wants to buy for $44 billion to renegotiate the purchase price”.

“The complaint we filed in San Francisco seeks to hold Musk liable for his unlawful conduct,” Mr. Bottini stated. 

Referring to Musk’s May 13, 2022 tweet,  the lawsuit claimed Elon’s message “constituted an effort to manipulate the market for Twitter shares as he knew about the fake accounts.”

Recall that Investors King reported that the Tesla boss had put the Twitter takeover on hold due to a high number of fake or spam accounts on the platform. While Musk had said he would reduce fake or spambot accounts on the platform, analysts had pointed to a carefully mapped out plan to force renegotiation at a much lower price.

“Musk spotted a hole in Twitter operations after he had already agreed to a $44 billion deal with the company’s management, you can’t blame the billionaire for trying to exploit that financially,” said Samed Olukoya, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Investors King Ltd.

“Here is it. Twitter will either accept renegotiation or address Elon Musk’s concerns and subsequently reposition the platform for growth.”

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