Charlie Lee
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Charlie Lee

Charlie Lee is a computer scientist, best known as the creator of Litecoin.

Charlie Lee is a computer scientist, best known as the creator of Litecoin.
He serves as the CEO of the Litecoin Foundation. As of July 2013, he also works for Coinbase.

Lee was born in the Ivory Coast, moved to the United States at the age of 13 and graduated from high school in 1995. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor's and master's degree in computer science in 2000.
Lee's brother, Bobby Lee, is the founder of the cryptocurrency exchange BTC China.

For a decade in the 2000s, Lee worked for Google. His work for the company included writing code for Chrome OS. In 2011, Lee became interested in Bitcoin. In October 2011, he released Litecoin on Bitcointalk. He had written Bitcoin-based blockchain technology in his spare time while employed at Google.

In December 2017, Lee announced on Reddit that he had sold almost all of his holdings in Litecoin due to a conflict of interest. He had been criticised for his tweets, which had a possible effect on the coin's price. Lee sold or donated all of his coins with the exception of a few minted in physical form that he kept as collector's items.

Lee is currently working full-time with the Litecoin Foundation on the adoption of Litecoin.

Current Job

  • Litecoin, Creator
  • Litecoin Foundation, CEO

Previous Job

  • Coinbase, Director of Engineering, 2015-2017
  • Google, Software Engineer, 2007-2013
  • Software Guidewire, Senior Software Engineer, 2003-2007
  • Kana Communications, Software Engineer, 2000-2003


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Computer Science, 1995-2000

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