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Max Levchin

Benjamin Wachenje

Title: Co-founder and CEO, Affirm; chairman, Yelp

Born: July 11, 1975, Kyiv, Ukraine (then USSR)

Education: BS in computer science, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Early Marker: Co-founded PayPal with Peter Thiel, who with others became a group of entrepreneurs known as the PayPal Mafia.

Big Idea: Reimagining financial services from credit cards to deposit banking.

Wave of the Future: Disrupting financial services

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