Changpeng Zhao, a Chinese born Canadian business executive, commonly known as “CZ”, is the founder and CEO of Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume. CZ was born in Jiangsu, China and moved to Vancouver Canada at a young age with his family.
According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Zhao is ranked 13th richest in the world with a net worth estimated at $77.3 billion as of March 1, 2022.
Below is the narration of CZ’s career timeline with important dates and achievements.
On September 10, 1977, Changpeng Zhao was born in Jiangsu Province, China.
CZ moves with his parents to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at the age of 12. While living in Canada as a teenager, he worked at McDonald’s.
CZ obtained a Computer Science degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Changpeng Zhao worked at Bloomberg where he served as Head of Tradebook Futures Development. In November of same 2005, CZ moved to Shanghai, where he founded Fusion Systems, a high-frequency trading company.
In December of 2013, CZ left Fusion Systems, where he served as a partner and joined Blockchain.info as Head of Development.
Changpeng Zhao sold his house to go “all-in” on crypto investments and left his position at Blockchain.info, then joined OKCoin, a cryptocurrency exchange company, where he served as its Chief Technical Officer. In August 2014, OKCoin launched Bitcoin futures trading with Changpeng Zhao in charge of the technical effort.
In Febreuary 2015, CZ leaves OKCoin, citing “differences”. In September of same year, Changpeng Zhao founded exchange systems provider BijieTech.
In July 2017, Changpeng Zhao founded Binance.com and left BijieTech and issued 100 million BNB tokens through btc9.com, RenRenICO, and Binance’s website.
In August 2017, Binance.com launched a mobile-friendly HTML5 version and opened beta testing for its mobile app.
In September, Binance released its iOS and Android apps, then launched a referral program in late October of 2017. In November, they launched a PC client software and published a policy for future bitcoin forks.
This is a developing story that would be updated periodically