Ran Neuner is one of the most recognizable names in the world of financial technology. He made his name as a cofounder and global CEO for OnChain, described by some as the country's first blockchain unicorn.
1. He Was Passionate About Business from Early Age
At age an age, he co-founded and ran a small business that would eventually be merged with the company his father works in today. This is just one of many examples of Ran's entrepreneurial spirit at work. He was once offered $50,000 to invest in an app-venture but turned it down because the founder wasn't motivated enough for him to believe they could succeed. That same year, despite not being legally able to get into bars yet, Ran decided to start his online wine store called WineOnTheWeb, which sold over 100 cases its first month - more than any other kid on eBay!
2. He Was Voted One of The Most Influential People in Africa by Time Magazine
According to en.everybodywiki.com, Ran considers himself a "lazy" professional investor, as he focuses more on long term investments than short terms ones and tries to be very hands-off with his portfolio, something which has worked out for him so far given that he's been an angel investor since 1999
3. He Is an Avid Surfer and Enjoys Competing in Surfing Competitions
This has led to him meeting many interesting people, including the President of Mexico, who he once played golf with on a trip there! Ran first became interested in finance at age 12 when his dad gave him $200 from their family's grocery budget for one year without telling Ran what it was for until after that year had passed. This made Ran realize how hard money could be earned and spent and how well investing can work if you are patient enough, as this investment grew into over $600 by the time, he was 18! He decided to use some of the earnings to buy shares in Nike Inc, which then tripled within months (he still owns the shares today). He graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BCom in Finance and Accounting.
4. He Is an Avid Skier
Ran was an avid skier during his years living in South Africa but stopped skiing once he moved to London - where there is no snow! He now enjoys surfing, playing golf, and traveling when not working hard at NeuFuturism Ventures or cohosting CNBC Africa's The African Dream (with Neil Shah) every weeknight from Monday through Thursday. At age 12, he had $600 saved up because of investment opportunities thanks to what would have been just $200 of earnings; from one year's allowance! Equity analyst covering emerging markets like China, India, Korea, and Russia as well as global internet companies such as Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Netflix Inc. before joining Bloomberg Television Radio, where he hosted business news shows including "Bloomberg Markets: Asia" (2013) then "The Rundown" which aired on CNN International and HLN, before becoming a regular host on CNBC's "Squawk Box" in 2015.
5. Bitcoin Is One of His Interests
According to crunchbase.com, some of Ran's favorite things are talking about Bitcoin (of course), skiing with his kids, working out at the gym to maintain sanity while traveling all over the world for work, and playing cards against humanity. He just added "Bitcoin" as one of his top interests on LinkedIn! Ran Neuner predicts that cryptocurrencies will eventually move away from being seen simply as investments or speculative trading instruments towards becoming assets that represent ownership rights such as shares or bonds. He also thinks that bitcoin is the first of its kind in terms of "programmable money.
6. He Is a Crypto Enthusiast
In September 2017, Ran released a new educational material on Bitcoins which aims to educate non-technical people about cryptocurrencies and give them an idea of how they work. It currently has over 500 reviews with an average rating of four out of five stars. He's also one of the most popular cryptocurrency investors on Twitter, with numerous followers.
7. Ran Is a Financial Expert
Ran has been working in finance for 20 years and was formerly an equity analyst covering emerging markets like China, India, Korea, and Russia as well as global internet companies such as Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Netflix Inc before joining Bloomberg Television Radio, where he hosted business news shows including "Bloomberg Markets: Ran Neuner is a South African media personality and investor. He was born in Johannesburg, Gauteng, on 27 august 1975 (age 45). He lives in London, UK. Ran studied at St John's College School before completing his high school education at King David High School. After graduating from university, he worked for Lehman Brothers as an equity broker between 2004 to 2008.
9. He Has Been Working for Several Companies
He left Lehman’s after less than three years because they fired him due to a lack of negative sentiment towards them following the financial crisis. He then started his own company, the Ran Neuner Group, a multimedia conglomerate with interests in TV production, events management, and digital marketing. Ran's first experience on camera was as an anchor for CNBC Africa before becoming their most-watched presenter of all time. He also became one of the world's youngest CEOs when he took over from American businesswoman Oprah Winfrey at her Leadership Academy for Girls school in South Africa.
10. He Worked as An Advisor to Companies
He founded MWN Capital Partners Ltd, a private equity firm that invests in small companies across emerging markets with growth potential - including mobile technology firms headquartered in Silicon Valley and Beijing (MobiKwik) or Brazil (Mercado Livre). Ran Neuner is also an advisor for the asset management firm BlackRock.
Ran Neuner's story is a great example of how anyone can rise to success with hard work and dedication. His creativity in using Bitcoin to send money from one country to another without having to worry about currency conversion rates or fees has been ground-breaking for the tech industry.
Written by Allen Lee
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