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Born in Sheffield, Ben Delo was educated at Lord Williams’s School and graduated from the University of Oxford in 2005 with a double first-class honors degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.
Delo began his professional career as a software engineer at IBM, where he was named as an inventor on several patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Intellectual Property Office.
He then went on to develop high-frequency trading systems at hedge funds and banks such as GSA Capital and J.P. Morgan, dealing predominantly in kdb+/Q. His expertise covers the design, architecture, and implementation of quantitative infrastructure, systems, and tools.
In 2014, Delo met Arthur Hayes and Sam Reed, and together the trio co-founded BitMEX, a cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform.
In October 2018, Delo gave £5 million to his Oxford alma mater Worcester College, endowing two teaching fellowships in perpetuity and becoming the youngest major donor in the College’s 305-year history.
In April 2019, Delo signed The Giving Pledge, a program orchestrated by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, announcing his intention to give away at least half of his wealth during his lifetime. In his pledge letter, Delo states that his initial philanthropic interests are focused on long-term and large-scale problems and reducing catastrophic risks and that he is inspired by the philosophy of effective altruism. That month, Delo also became a member of Giving What We Can.