# Changpeng Zhao
Changpeng Zhao (born in 1977) is a Chinese-Canadian entrepreneur, best known as the CEO of Binance . In addition to his position of authority at Binance, Zhao has often made news over the past few years by giving his opinions on the state of blockchain and cryptocurrencies in the modern global economy. Zhao was born in Jiangsu province in China from which his family migrated Canada. Prior to getting his computer science degree from the McGill University in Montreal, Zhao has spent some time working at McDonald’s. In 2013, Zhao began showing interest in cryptocurrencies leading to his participation in the Blockchain.info project and the appointment to the post of the CTO at OKCoin. Yet, Zhao is best known for launching the Binance cryptocurrency exchange in 2017, earning his enterprise a top spot among the global crypto players in a span of just a few months. This has turned him into one of the richest persons in the crypto industry.