Crypto exchange boss Changpeng Zhao has suffered history’s biggest ever loss in wealth after seeing his fortune evaporate because of the war in Ukraine, surging inflation and the cryptocurrency crash, according to website Celebrity Net Worth.
The Binance founder, the world’s largest crypto exchange by volume, has lost $87 billion of his personal wealth in around 130 days, the website reports. It’s now estimated CZ’s net worth – he was one of the 10 richest people on the planet – has now sunk to $11 billion.
Changpeng Zhao, who is more commonly referred to as ‘CZ,’ owes his wealth to his 90% stake in Binance which he started in 2017.
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As of September last year, Binance was regularly handling up to $80 billion per day helping to catapult CZ to the ranks of the world’s mega-wealthy.
But soaring inflation in the wake of the global pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and crypto’s crash this year have all combined to slash CZ’s net worth.
The news of his loss comes just a week after his crypto exchange lost close to $1.6 billion in the extraordinary TerraUSD-Luna stablecoin meltdown.
Changpeng Zhao revealed in a series of tweets that he had invested $3 million in TerraUSD’s sister cryptocurrency, Luna, four years ago. The value of the 15 million tokens then plunged from $1.6 billion before the crash to less than $3,000 last week.
- By Sean O’Meara