Charlie Lee is the founder of Litecoin, which is currently the fifth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap. He became enamored with Bitcoin while working at Google and decided to create a digital currency of his own. He is also the managing director of the Litecoin Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting blockchain technology and advanced Litecoin for the good of society.
In 2017, Charlie announced that he had sold and donated all of his Litecoin, citing a conflict of interest.
“Whenever I tweet about Litecoin price or even just good or bad news, I get accused of doing it for personal benefit,” he wrote on Reddit. “Some people even think I short LTC! So in a sense, it is conflict of interest for me to hold LTC and tweet about it because I have so much influence. I have always refrained from buying/selling LTC before or after my major tweets, but this is something only I know. And there will always be a doubt on whether any of my actions were to further my own personal wealth above the success of Litecoin and crypto-currency in general.”
He also left his position as director of engineering at Coinbase in 2017 to focus all of his efforts on the development of Litecoin.
Charlie graduated from MIT with both a bachelor’s and master’s in computer science. He is the brother of BTCC CEO Bobby Lee.