Born in 1983, Brian Armstrong is the co-founder and CEO of Coinbase, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the United States. Armstrong founded the exchange in 2012 with Fred Ehrsam. The company is based in San Francisco, California.

Prior to founding Coinbase, Armstrong worked as a software engineer at Airbnb, as a developer for IBM and as a consultant at Deloitte. 

On June 20, 2018, Armstrong announced that he had founded – a non-profit organization that aims to help unbanked people around the world gain access to financial services, and to “financially empower people by distributing cryptocurrency globally.” GiveCrypto reached their first milestone of $4 million in 2019.

Later in 2018, Armstrong signed The Giving Pledge, a campaign started by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates that encourages the wealthy to contribute a portion of their capital to philanthropic causes.

Armstrong made Fortune’s 40 under 40 in 2016 (most influential young leaders under 40 years old) and was valued at $1.6 billion in 2019.