Chris Larsen is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Ripple. Co-founded Ripple in 2012 to facilitate global payments for banks through blockchain technology. He served as the platform’s CEO but stepped down in December 2016. As a business executive and angel investor, he is famous for co-founding many Silicon Valley technology startups, including virtual mortgage lender E-Loan in 1996, and Prosper, a peer-to-peer lender, back in 2005.
He has been a vocal advocate for financial privacy in California, co-founding the coalition Californians for Privacy Now in 2001. Larsen is also a board member or advisor for organizations such as Credit Karma, Qifang, Betable, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center. He was also the CEO of E-Loan, the main organization that gave people open access to surprisingly high scores.