Charlie Lee

Creator at Litecoin

Charlie Lee Bio

Charlie Lee stands prominently in the cryptocurrency community as the founder of Litecoin and currently holds the position of Managing Director at the Litecoin Foundation. He also extended his expertise to Coinbase, joining their team in July 2013.


Born in Ivory Coast, Lee made his way to the United States at a young age of 13. After completing high school in 1995, he furthered his academic pursuits at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science by 2000. A notable figure in the crypto space, Bobby Lee, founder of the cryptocurrency exchange BTC China, is Charlie’s brother.

Professional Journey

In the professional realm, Lee devoted a decade of his career during the 2000s to Google, contributing significantly by writing code for Chrome OS. His curiosity about Bitcoin in 2011 led him to conceptualize and release Litecoin on Bitcointalk in October of the same year. This creation, which he developed during his tenure at Google, was based on Bitcoin’s blockchain technology.

In an act of transparency and fairness, after mining only 150 coins, Lee introduced Litecoin to the public. He has clarified that his aim for Litecoin was not to rival Bitcoin, but to provide an alternative suited for smaller transactions.

Joining Coinbase in July 2013 marked a significant transition for Lee, especially since the exchange later embraced Litecoin, the cryptocurrency he developed. However, in December 2017, he made a candid announcement on Reddit, disclosing that he had sold or donated nearly all of his Litecoin holdings. This decision stemmed from potential conflict of interest concerns, as his public statements could have influenced Litecoin’s price. Lee retained a few physically minted Litecoin tokens as keepsakes.

Currently, Charlie Lee channels his efforts full-time towards Litecoin’s adoption through the Litecoin Foundation. His commitment and passion for cryptocurrency make him a pivotal figure in the digital currency landscape.

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

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