Bobby C. Lee

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Bobby C. Lee is a software engineer, founder and CEO of Ballet Global Inc., a cryptocurrency hardware wallet company based in the United States. Lee regularly appears on business media outlets such as Bloomberg and CNBC to give commentary on cryptocurrency markets, regulations, and industry trends.

Early Life

Bobby Lee was born in Côte d'Ivoire on April 1, 1975 and he moved to the United States in 1989. He graduated from Stanford University in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and finished his master’s degree in computer science at Stanford University in 1998. Lee obtained his Global Executive MBA degree from CEIBS in 2014.[1]

Lee's brother, Charlie Lee, is the creator of Litecoin and he serves as the managing director of the Litecoin Foundation.[2]


Bobby Lee began his career as a software engineer for Yahoo! and went on to become a director of software engineering at Dell EMC, CTO at SMG BesTV, and VP of Technology at Walmart E-commerce in China.[3][4]

Bobby Lee is an entrepreneur and early pioneer in the cryptocurrency industry. He was the co-founder of BTCChina, the first Bitcoin exchange established in China, and served as its CEO from 2013-2018.[5] After the collapse of Mt. Gox in early 2014, BTCChina became the longest-running cryptocurrency exchange in the world. [6]

In May 2014 Lee was appointed to the Bitcoin Foundation board of directors.[7] In 2016 BTCC launched BTCC Mint, a series of physical titanium coins containing newly-mined bitcoins that came directly from Bitcoin blocks mined by BTCC’s own BTCC Mining Pool which means that these Bitcoin have no prior transaction history on the blockchain. Lee was the designer and coin maker of BTCC Mint coins.[8][9]

In September 2017 BTCC shut down its operations in China due to regulatory pressure from the Chinese government. Its international business continued unaffected.[10] Lee sold BTCC in 2018 to a Hong Kong investment firm for an undisclosed amount.[9]

In early 2019 Lee founded Ballet Global Inc., a cryptocurrency hardware wallet maker based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lee currently serves as CEO of the company.[11]

In May, 2021, Bobby Lee’s book “The Promise of Bitcoin” was published by McGraw Hill. In the book he argues that Bitcoin is superior to traditional monetary systems and that it will transform the global economy. The book was a Wall Street Journal bestseller in May, 2021.[12][4]


  1. Smith, Edwin (2018-01-27). "Meet Bobby Lee, the man behind one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges in the world". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2023-01-17.
  2. Hill, Kashmir. "From Walmart To Bitcoin: The CEO Behind The Chinese Exchange Sending BTC To New Highs". Forbes. Retrieved 2023-01-05.
  3. Fannin, Rebecca. "Bitcoin Exchange In China Backed By VC Money Faces Cooldown". Forbes. Retrieved 2023-01-05.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Reeth, Mark. "'The best time to buy bitcoin is always now': The founder of the world's longest-running crypto exchange told us his best advice for navigating the digital currency's wild volatility". Business Insider. Retrieved 2023-01-17.
  5. Williams-Grut, Oscar. "Here's why the Chinese love bitcoin". Business Insider. Retrieved 2023-01-05.
  6. Williams-Grut, Oscar. "The CEO of one of China's biggest bitcoin companies endorses just 4 cryptocurrencies and 'wouldn't touch' ICOs: 'It's just too risky'". Business Insider. Retrieved 2023-01-17.
  7. Rizzo, Pete (2014-05-09). "Bobby Lee, Brock Pierce Join Bitcoin Foundation's Board of Directors". Retrieved 2023-01-05.
  8. Shin, Laura. "BTCC CEO Bobby Lee On Why The Chinese Probably Aren't Using Bitcoin To Evade Capital Controls". Forbes. Retrieved 2023-01-05.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Fenton, Andrew (2021-01-18). "Bitcoin gets physical: Art or digital heresy?". Cointelegraph Magazine. Retrieved 2023-01-05.
  10. "Bitcoin exchange BTCChina says to stop trading, sparking further slide". Reuters. 2017-09-14. Retrieved 2023-01-05.
  11. "Founder of China's first bitcoin exchange returns with crypto wallet". Retrieved 2023-01-05.
  12. Lee, Bobby C. (2021). The promise of bitcoin : the future of money and how it can work for you. New York. ISBN 978-1-260-46867-0. OCLC 1223013096.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)

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