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Chris Larsen

Chris Larsen

American businessperson, former CEO of Ripple, based in California, born in California

Chris Larsen

cofounded Ripple in 2012 to facilitate international payments for banks using blockchain technology.

Ripple counts American Express and Santander among its 100-plus customers.

Larsen stepped down as Ripple CEO in December 2016 but remains executive chairman.

Prior to Ripple, he cofounded online mortgage lender e-Loan in 1996 and Prosper, a peer-to-peer lender, in 2005.

In April 2019, Larsen and his foundation gave $25 million, largely in XRP, to San Francisco State University.

Early life and education

Chris Larsen was born in San Francisco, California, in 1960. His mother worked as a freelance illustrator, while his father worked as an aircraft mechanic for United Airlines at San Francisco International Airport. After high school, Larsen attended San Francisco State University, where he earned a B.S. in international business and accounting in 1984. He began working for Chevron after college, doing financial audits in Brazil, Ecuador, and Indonesia.He graduated with an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1991.

Timeline

January 1, 1960
Chris Larsen was born in San Francisco.

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Further reading

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Author
Link
Type
Date

Chris Larsen, "Money Without Borders" - ICT Spring Europe - Innovating the customer experience

Web

January 30, 2015

Meet the Cryptocurrency Billionaire Who Might Be Worth More than the Google Founders

Sam Dangremond

Web

January 5, 2018

The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies Of 2015 In Money

Fast Company Staff

Web

February 9, 2015

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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News

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Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Shalini Nagarajan
April 24, 2021
markets.businessinsider.com
Chris Larsen suggested bitcoin should surrender its core proof-of-work (PoW) technology that is used in the mining process.
Nellie Bowles
July 10, 2020
www.nytimes.com
Chris Larsen knows that a crypto mogul spending his own money for a city's camera surveillance system might sound creepy. He's here to explain why it's not.
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