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Charlie Lee
Charlie Lee.jpg
Occupation Creator
Employer Litecoin
Location San Francisco, CA
Twitter @Satoshilite
LinkedIn Profile
Website Litecoin Homepage

Charlie Lee is the creator of Litecoin. He is a former employee of both Google and Coinbase.


Charlie Lee was born in the West African nation of Ivory Coast. He emigrated with his family to the United States, later attending the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology.[1][2]

Lee has worked for several tech companies. In 2007, he began a software engineer position at Google.[3] In his spare time, he attempted to create an altcoin called Tenebrix in 2011, but it was unsuccessful.[4]


Lee began work on Litecoin in 2011.[5][6] He launched it in 2013, his second attempt at creating an altcoin.[7] That same year, he left Google to begin working at Coinbase, simultaneously working there and managing Litecoin. He said at the time that he considered Litecoin a "side project."[8][9] He left Coinbase in 2017.[10]

In February 2018, Lee announced over Twitter that Litecoin Cash, a new ICO, was fraudulently presenting itself as a fork based off of Litecoin. Lee issued a firm statement that Litecoin was not forking any time soon, and that any ICOs presenting themselves as forks of Litecoin were "scams." He advised potential investors, "don't fall for it," and "be careful out there!"[11]

In February 2019, Lee announced that he had met with Matthias von Hauff, CEO of Germany's WEG Bank, in a "very productive" meeting about upcoming products from TokenPay.[12]


Charlie Lee graduated from MIT in the 1999 with a master's degree in computer science, after studying in a back-to-back bachelor's and master's degree program.[13][14]