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

Latest Special Reports

  • From the birth of a child to college, marriage, and retirement, a successful investment path leads to the good life.

  • Invest in You: Ready. Set. Grow. is focused on improving Americans’ money knowledge of saving, spending and investing.

  • As the need for high-level financial advice grows, wealth managers handling high-net-worth clients grow more important.

CNBC25: Rebels, Icons and Leaders