Binance founder’s $33bln fortune still growing despite prison

  • Binance co-founder Changpeng Zhao’s estimated $33 billion fortune will remain stable and may continue to grow, even as he faces four months in prison.
  • Despite his conviction, Zhao still owns about 90% of Binance, meaning his wealth and influence in the company may not be directly affected.
  • As Binance is one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, Changpeng Zhao’s imprisonment could pose a challenge to its market position, especially in the face of legal challenges from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Binance co-founder Changpeng Zhao is facing a four-month prison sentence, however, his $33 billion fortune is not expected to be directly affected and may even continue to grow. Nonetheless, Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, may face the challenge of losing market share at the time of Zhao’s incarceration.

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Zhao’s wealth and imprisonment

Changpeng Zhao, the co-founder and former CEO of Binance, is worth billions of dollars, and even though he will be facing jail time after being sentenced in a Seattle court, his massive wealth is expected to remain intact and possibly continue to climb.

According to Forbes’ list of the world’s billionaires, Changpeng Zhao’s net worth is estimated at $33 billion. Zhao was sentenced to four months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of money laundering on his cryptocurrency exchange.

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Binance’s market position may be challenged

Changpeng Zhao took Binance, the cryptocurrency exchange he co-founded in 2017, from a relatively obscure company to one of the strongest players in the booming digital currency space.

Despite being behind bars, Zhao’s controlling stake in Binance means he will continue to be one of the richest men in the cryptocurrency space today.

However, Binance still faces several legal challenges, including a lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as charges brought against it by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which could have an impact on its market position.


Yun Zhao

Yun Zhao is a junior writer at BTW Media. She graduates from the Zhejiang University of Financial and Economics and majors in English. Send tips to

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