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Justin Sun
孙宇晨
BornJuly 30, 1990 (1990-07-30) (age 31)
Xining, Qinghai, China
CitizenshipGrenada
Alma materPeking University
University of Pennsylvania
Hupan University
OccupationBusinessman
Entrepreneur
TitleCEO of Rainberry Inc
Term2018–present

Justin Sun (Chinese: 孙宇晨; pinyin: Sūn Yǔchén; born July 30, 1990) is a Chinese cryptocurrency entrepreneur, and business executive. He is the founder of Tron (founded July 2017), a blockchain DAO ecosystem. Sun is the Permanent Representative of Grenada to the WTO.

Education

Sun was born in 1990.[1] He holds a B.A. in History from Peking University[2] and an M.A. in East Asia Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.[3]

Career

Sun studied at Hupan University[4] and became the cover figure of Yazhou Zhoukan in 2011 and Davos Global Youth Leaders in 2014. In 2015 he was named CNTV's most noteworthy new entrepreneur, and was named in Forbes China 30 Under 30 from 2015 through 2017.[5]

Sun placed the record-breaking $4.6 million bid to have a private lunch with Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett in June 2019,[6][7] before cancelling it to widespread surprise.[8][9] The lunch with Buffett eventually occurred in January 2020.[10]

On 11 March 2021, Sun was the underbidder on the historic $69M auction at Christie's New York of the Beeple non-fungible token (NFT) collection Everydays: the First 5000 Days.[11]

In October 2021, Sun participated in a $65 million funding round in Animoca.[12]

In December 2021, Sun announced he was the winner of the New Shepard auction with a bid of $28 million to be the first paying passenger to fly on the Blue Origin vehicle in July 2021. He was not able to fly on this July 2021 mission due to a scheduling conflict. However he purchased (supposedly with the $28 million auction bid, which he paid to Blue Origin in 2021) privately a full flight of New Shepard for himself and intends to select five other participants to fly with him into space in late 2022.[13]

In December 2021, Justin Sun retired as a CEO of TRON to become a diplomat for Grenada.[1][14][15]

Recognition

References

  1. ^ a b Foust, Jeff (December 23, 2021). "Crypto entrepreneur to go to space on New Shepard". Space News.
  2. ^ Chen, Jiayin (January 24, 2022). "'Idols Are Dead': TRON Founder Justin Sun on the Opportunities That Crypto Art Presents for His Rising Generation". Artnet News. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  3. ^ Zou, Cornelia (July 2, 2019). "Why Justin Sun has 1.3 million Weibo followers". South China Morning Post. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  4. ^ Fulton, Michaela (June 17, 2019). "5 things to know about Chinese crypto entrepreneur Justin Sun". South China Morning Post. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  5. ^ "30 under 30". Forbes.
  6. ^ Lam, Katherine (June 3, 2019). "Winning bidder of Warren Buffett's private lunch revealed as Tron CEO Justin Sun". FOXBusiness. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Chinese blockchain entrepreneur Justin Sun won Warren Buffett's charity lunch with $4.6M bid". June 4, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Stevenson, Alexandra; Li, Cao (July 24, 2019). "Who Cancels Lunch With Warren Buffett? A Chinese Tycoon Did, but Why?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Russolillo, Stella Yifan Xie and Steven (July 25, 2019). "'Excessive Self-Promotion': Justin Sun Apologizes After Postponing Charity Lunch With Warren Buffett". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  10. ^ GmbH, finanzen net. "Warren Buffett finally had his $4.6 million meal with crypto boss Justin Sun | Currency News | Financial and Business News | Markets Insider". markets.businessinsider.com. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  11. ^ Sun, Justin [@justinsuntron] (March 11, 2021). "1/12 I participated in the @ChristiesInc #NFT auction for Everydays: the First 5,000 Days by @Beeple. My final effective bid was $60 MIL (plus fee $69 MIL). However, was outbid by another buyer in the last 20 secs by $250k. Difference was less than 0.3% of the total price" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 16, 2021. Retrieved May 24, 2021 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ "Ubisoft, Sequoia China Help NFT Creator Hit $2 Billion Valuation". Bloomberg.com. October 20, 2021. Retrieved October 21, 2021.
  13. ^ Crypto pioneer Justin Sun plans space trip with Blue Origin
  14. ^ Kharif, Olga (December 17, 2021). "Crypto Wunderkind Justin Sun Says He's Becoming a Diplomat for Grenada". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved January 11, 2022.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ Yang, Yueqi (December 22, 2021). "Crypto Entrepreneur Justin Sun Tackles Space Next With Blue Origin Flight". Bloomberg.
  16. ^ "Justin Sun". Forbes. Retrieved May 11, 2022.