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56 Fintech Billionaires Worth a Combined US$327B in 2021

There are 56 fintech billionaires around the world who combine a total net worth of US$327.7 billion, data curated by Finextra based on Forbes’ 2021 World’s Billionaires list show. These represent some of the world’s biggest and most successful fintech companies in the world including Ant Group, PayPal, Stripe and Klarna. They are also world renowned fintech investors and the founders of leading firms such as Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters.

US leads in fintech billionaire count

Out of the 56 fintech billionaires identified, 28 are in the US, making it the largest hub of fintech billionaires.

US fintech billionaires are worth a combined US$162.1 billion and represent industries including financial media and information, payment, cryptocurrency, blockchain, brokerage and trading, and digital banking.

They include the three co-founders of financial information and media firm Bloomberg Michael Bloomberg (worth US$59 billion), Charles Zegar (US$2.6 billion), and Duncan MacMillan (US$1.5 billion), eBay founder Pierre Omidyar (US$21.4 billion), Square founder Jack Dorsey (US$12.5) and co-founder Jim McKelvey (US$3.5 billion), and Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong (US$6.5 billion) and founder Fred Ehrsam (US$1.9 billion).

Other notable US fintech billionaires include identical twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (worth US$3 billion individually), the two founders of cryptocurrency exchange Gemini, Ripple co-founder Chris Larsen (US$3.4 billion), blockchain and crypto pioneer Jed McCaleb (US$2 billion), venture capitalist (VC) Tim Draper (US$1.5 billion), Chime co-founder Chris Britt (US$1.3 billion), and Robinhood founder Vlad Tenev (US$1 billion) and co-founder Baiju Bhatt (US$1 billion).

Fintech billionaires around the world

After the US, China has the second highest number of fintech billionaires at 6 for a combined total net worth of US$65 billion.

Three of them are affiliated with Ant Group, the fintech spinoff of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba and the world’s most valuable fintech company at US$220 billion. They are Jack Ma (US$48.4 billion), Alibaba’s co-founder, Eric Jing (US$1.7 billion), Ant Group’s executive chairman, and Shao Xiaofeng (US$1.3 billion), a major shareholder of Ant Group and former chief risk officer at Alibaba.

Other Chinese fintech billionaires include Qi Shi (US$10.4 billion), the founder of Shenzhen-listed East Money Information, a financial and stock information website provider, Changpeng Zhao (US$1.9 billion), the founder and CEO of Binance, one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, and Ye Qiongjiu (US$1.3 billion), the deputy general manager of HithinkRoyalFlush Information Network, an online financial information services business.

Brazil has the third highest number of fintech billionaires at three who combine a total net worth of US$9.5 billion. They are Andre Street (US$2.5 billion) and Eduardo de Pontes (US$2.4 billion), the co-founders of StoneCo, a Nasdaq-listed cloud-based online payment processor, and Luis Frias (US$4.6 billion), the chairman of PagSeguro Digital, a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)-listed payment company.

56 Fintech Billionaires Worth a Combined US$327B in 2021

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The UK, Sweden, the Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, and Australia all have two fintech billionaires each, who oftentimes are the two co-founders of a successful company.

In Ireland, they are John Collison (IUS$3.2 billion) and Patrick Collison (US$3.2 billion), the co-founders of Stripe, the world’s most valuable VC-backed private company at US$95 billion.

In Sweden, they are Victor Jacobsson (US$2.7 billion) and Sebastian Siemiatkowski (US$2.2 billion), the co-founders of Klarna, Europe’s most valuable fintech company at US$31 billion.

In the Netherlands, they are Arnout Schuijff (US$3.5 billion) and Pieter van der Does (US$2.6 billion), the co-founders of payment processing company Adyen.

And in Australia, they are Anthony Eisen (US$1.8 billion) and Nick Molnar (US$1.8 billion), the co-founders of Afterpay, a leading buy now pay later company.

Other fintech billionaires around the world include Swiss Guillaume Pousaz (US$9 billion), the founder of Checkout.com, the UK’s most valuable fintech company at US$15 billion, Canadian David Thomson (US$41.8 billion) of Thomson Reuters, India’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma (US$2.3 billion), the founder of Paytm, the country’s largest mobile wallet, the UK’s Nik Storonsky (US$1.2 billion), the co-founder of neobank Revolut, and Colombian David Velez, the founder and CEO of Brazil’s Nubank, the largest fintech company and the most valuable VC-backed company in Latin America valued at US$25 billion.

Fintech Rank Billionaire Rank Name Worth (US$ bn) Country Business Bio
1 20 Michael Bloomberg 59 USA Bloomberg Michael Bloomberg cofounded financial information and media company Bloomberg LP in 1981.
2 26 Jack Ma 48.4 China Ant Group A former English teacher, Jack Ma cofounded Alibaba Group, one of the world’s largest e-commerce businesses.
3 33 David Thomson 41.8 Canada Thomson Reuters David Thomson and his family control a media and publishing empire founded by his grandfather Roy Thomson.
4 83 Pierre Omidyar 21.4 USA PayPal Pierre Omidyar founded online auction firm eBay in 1995 and now serves on the company’s board.
5 173 Jack Dorsey 12.5 USA Square Tattooed entrepreneur Jack Dorsey has been CEO of both social media firm Twitter and small business payments company Square since 2015.
6 216 Qi Shi 10.4 China East Money Information Qi Shi chairs Shenzhen-listed East Money Information, which operates one of the country’s most popular financial and stock information websites.
7 262 Guillaume Pousaz 9 Switzerland Checkout.com Guillaume Pousaz founded Checkout.com in 2012 to solve the problem of online payment processing for shops and shoppers around the world.
8 274 Sam Bankman-Fried 8.7 USA FTX Sam Bankman-Fried manages $2.5 billion of assets through Alameda Research, the quantitative crypto trading firm he founded in 2017.
9 404 Brian Armstrong 6.5 USA Coinbase Brian Armstrong is the chief executive of Coinbase Global, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States.
10 539 David Velez 5.2 Colombia Nubank Vélez is cofounder and CEO of Nubank, a Sao-Paulo based digital bank that offers credit cards, checking accounts and life insurance.
11 622 Luis Frias 4.6 Brazil PaySeguro Digital Luis Frias is chairman of PagSeguro Digital, a payments company that went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2018, raising over $2 billion.
12 680 Scott Cook 4.2 USA Intuit Scott Cook is the cofounder of financial software giant Intuit, known for products like QuickBooks, TurboTax and Mint.
13 859 Arnout Schuijff 3.5 Netherlands Adyen Arnout Schuijff is the cofounder of Adyen, an Amsterdam-based payment processing company.
13 859 Jim McKelvey 3.5 USA Square Jim McKelvey cofounded payments firm Square with Jack Dorsey in 2009 after he had trouble selling a $2,000 art piece from his studio.
13 859 Thomas Secunda 3.5 USA Bloomberg Thomas Secunda is a cofounder of financial services and media company Bloomberg LP.
14 891 Chris Larsen 3.4 USA Ripple Chris Larsen cofounded Ripple in 2012 to facilitate international payments for banks using blockchain technology.
15 925 Vyacheslav Kim 3.3 Kazakhstan Kaspi Bank Vyacheslav Kim is chairman of Kaspi Bank, Kazakhstan’s largest payments and fintech company.
16 956 Mikhail Lomtadze 3.2 Georgia Kaspi Bank Kaspi is Kazakhstan’s largest payments and fintech ecosystem with over 7 million monthly users.
16 956 John Collison 3.2 Ireland Stripe John Collison is cofounder and president of Stripe, a company that lets businesses and individuals accept payments over the internet.
16 956 Patrick Collison 3.2 Ireland Stripe Patrick Collison is the cofounder and CEO of Stripe, a company that lets businesses and individuals accept payments over the internet.
17 1008 Cameron Winklevoss 3 USA Gemini Identical twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss cofounded cryptocurrency exchange Gemini in 2014; today it processes about $200 million a day in trades.
17 1008 Tyler Winklevoss 3 USA Gemini Identical twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss cofounded cryptocurrency exchange Gemini in 2014; today it processes about $200 million a day in trades.
18 1064 Chad Richison 2.9 USA Paycom Chad Richison is founder and CEO of Paycom, one of the first companies to process payroll completely online.
19 1174 Victor Jacobsson 2.7 Sweden Klarna Jacobsson cofounded Klarna in 2005, pioneering the buy-now, pay-later model in fintech that has recently soared in popularity.
20 1205 Pieter van der Does 2.6 Netherlands Adyen Pieter van der Does is the cofounder and CEO of Adyen, an Amsterdam-based payment processing company.
20 1205 Steven Sarowitz 2.6 USA Paylocity Steven Sarowitz founded online payroll firm Paylocity in 1997 after working at several other payroll firms.
20 1205 Charles Zegar 2.6 USA Bloomberg Charles Zegar is one of three billionaire cofounders of financial services and media giant Bloomberg LP.
21 1249 Andre Street 2.5 Brazil StoneCo Andre Street is a cofounder of StoneCo, a Brazilian cloud-based online payment processor that raised $1.5 billion in its 2018 IPO.
22 1299 Eduardo de Pontes 2.4 Brazil StoneCo Eduardo de Pontes is a cofounder of StoneCo, a Brazilian cloud-based online payment processor; it raised $1.5 billion in its 2018 IPO.
22 1299 William Stone 2.4 USA SS&C Bill Stone started financial-software firm SS&C Technologies in 1986 with the $20,000 he had saved from his days as a KPMG executive.
23 1362 Vijay Shekhar Sharma 2.3 India Paytm Son of a schoolteacher from a small city in north India, Vijay Shekhar Sharma founded fast-rising mobile wallet Paytm in 2011.
23 1362 Jared Isaacman 2.3 USA Shift4 Payments Jared Isaacman is the founder and CEO of Allentown, Pennsylvania-based payment processing firm Shift4 Payments.
23 1362 Michael Saylor 2.3 USA MicroStrategy Michael Saylor is the CEO of business analytics software firm MicroStrategy.
24 1444 Sebastian Siemiatkowski 2.2 Sweden Klarna Siemiatkowski cofounded Klarna in 2005, pioneering the buy-now, pay-later model in fintech that has recently soared in popularity.
24 1444 Max Levchin 2.2 USA Affirm Levchin is cofounder and CEO of Affirm, a fintech lending company that helps people pay for items like cameras and dresses in installments.
25 1580 Jed McCaleb 2 USA Mt Gox; Ripple; Stellar McCaleb was an early pioneer in the blockchain space who helped launch three well-known crypto firms.
26 1664 Changpeng Zhao 1.9 China Binance Changpeng Zhao, who goes by CZ, is founder and CEO of Binance, a cryptocurrency exchange that became the largest on the planet in just under 180 days.
26 1664 Fred Ehrsam 1.9 USA Coinbase Ehrsam founded cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase in 2012 with Brian Armstrong. It has since grown into the largest U.S. crypto brokerage.
27 1750 Anthony Eisen 1.8 Australia Afterpay Anthony Eisen is cofounder and CEO of Afterpay, which lets people pay for retail items like clothing in four interest-free installments.
27 1750 Nick Molnar 1.8 Australia Afterpay Nick Molnar cofounded Australian fintech startup Afterpay in 2015, which lets people pay for small items like dresses in 4 interest-free installments.
28 1833 Philip Fayer 1.7 Canada Nuvei Philip Fayer is chairman and CEO of Nuvei Corp.; he founded the predecessor to the payment processor company in 2003.
28 1833 Eric Jing 1.7 China Ant Group Eric Jing is the executive chairman of financial services firm Ant Group, an affiliate of China e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.
29 1931 Barry Silbert 1.6 USA Digital Currency Group Barry Silbert is the founder and CEO of Digital Currency Group (DCG), a conglomerate of five cryptocurrency-focused companies.
29 1931 David Zalik 1.6 USA Greensky David Zalik is the cofounder and CEO of financial technology company GreenSky.
30 2035 Tim Draper 1.5 USA Draper Fisher Jurvetson A scion of a Silicon Valley investing dynasty, Tim Draper is a founding partner of venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
30 2035 Duncan MacMillan 1.5 USA Bloomberg Duncan MacMillan cofounded financial data and media company Bloomberg LP in 1981 with Mike Bloomberg, Thomas Secunda and Charles Zegar.
30 2035 Matthew Roszak 1.5 USA Bloq Roszak is cofounder and chairman of Bloq, a blockchain technology startup that consults on projects such as helping banks store digital assets.
31 2263 Shao Xiaofeng 1.3 China Ant Group Shao Xiaofeng’s fortune arises from his holdings in Ant Group, the financial services arm of China e-commerce leader Alibaba Group.
31 2263 Ye Qiongjiu 1.3 China Hithink RoyalFlush Information Network Ye Qiongjiu is deputy general manager of HithinkRoyalFlush Information Network, an online financial information services business.
31 2263 Chris Britt 1.3 USA Chime Chris Britt cofounded San Francisco startup Chime in 2013 as a mobile banking app and debit card with no monthly fees.
32 2378 Ronald Slabke 1.2 Germany Hypoport SE Ronald Slabke is the CEO of Hypoport SE, a network of technology companies serving the credit, real estate and insurance industries.
32 2378 Simon Nixon 1.2 UK MoneySupermarket Simon Nixon earned the bulk of his fortune from his price-comparison website MoneySuperMarket.
32 2378 Nik Storonsky 1.2 UK Revolut Nik Storonsky cofounded and runs U.K.-based financial services firm Revolut.
32 2378 Ronald Clarke 1.2 USA Fleetcor Technologies Ronald Clarke is the CEO and chairman of Fleetcor Technologies, a $2.4 billion (sales) digital payments company.
33 2674 Baiju Bhatt 1 USA Robinhood Baiju Bhatt cofounded no-fee stock trading app Robinhood in 2013 with his friend Vlad Tenev.
33 2674 Vlad Tenev 1 USA Robinhood Vlad Tenev is CEO of no-fee stock trading app Robinhood, which he founded in 2013 with his friend Baiju Bhatt.

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