“My ambition now is to do the most good possible with my wealth. To me, this means funding work to safeguard future generations and protect the long-term prospects of humanity.”
Ben is a philanthropist, computer scientist and a co-founder of BitMEX, a derivatives trading platform for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. He graduated from the University of Oxford in 2005 with a double first in Mathematics and Computer Science.
Ben began his career as a software engineer at IBM, where he was granted patents for several inventions. He then developed high-frequency trading systems at hedge funds and banks such as GSA Capital and J.P. Morgan. In 2018, when BitMEX became the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Ben became Britain’s youngest self-made billionaire.
In April 2019, Ben became a member of the Giving Pledge, an initiative created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet for billionaires who pledge to donate the majority of their wealth to giving back. Ben has already donated a substantial part of his wealth to organisations working to reduce global catastrophic risks and safeguard future generations, and plans to expand both his grantmaking and advocacy for future generations.
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Ben’s charitable commitment is very important for the world and in ensuring we safeguard future generations. His contributions will create immense impact for those alive today and those yet to be born. I am proud to know Ben, and to have worked together on solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Ben speaking at a co-hosted event with Effective Giving UK at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Ben becoming a member of the University of Oxford's Court of Benefactors.
Ben speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos.