The remote staff of the Binance cryptocurrency exchange has about 4,000 people, but this figure is constantly changing. CEO Changpeng Zhao spoke about this in an interview. Foresight.
According to him, new people join the company every day. Most employees prefer fiat wages, but there are those who receive bonuses in Binance Coin (BNB).
“After receiving Binance Coin, they decide whether to sell or not to sell [токены]Zhao added.
According to CoinGecko, at the beginning of January 2021, BNB was trading around $40. On May 1, the quotes of the token updated their historical maximum at $645, and on May 3 they exceeded $650.
At the time of writing, Binance Coin is trading near $463.
The publication noted that after the ICO in July 2017, each employee received an additional payment in Binance Coin as an incentive. The amount for Zhao, according to media reports, was 50,000 BNB – more than $23 million at the time of writing. The head of the company did not rule out that in the future he would send 99% of his fortune to charity.
Bloomberg previously estimated Zhao’s net worth at $96 billion. The estimate did not take into account the digital assets he owns, but even so, Binance’s CEO turned out to be richer than the Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani and closer to the co-founders of tech giants, including Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
Then the company challenged the accuracy of the agency’s estimates.
In the fall of 2021, journalists from China Caijing estimated Zhao’s fortune at $90 billion, based on the assumption that he owns a 30% stake in Binance.