Who is Strike CEO Jack Mallers? Age and career explored

Amber Peake November 17, 2022
Who is Strike CEO Jack Mallers? Age and career explored
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As Strike CEO Jack Mallers trends online amid his recent comments on the digital currency Bitcoin, some are curious to know more about him, including his age and career so far.

On Wednesday (November 16), Mallers, who is the chief executive of Bitcoin investment company Zap Solutions and payment app Strike, appeared on CNBC’s Power Lunch as he shared his thoughts on the world of cryptocurrency and, in particular, the value of Bitcoin.

Following his appearance, some are curious to know more about the up-and-coming crypto figure. Let’s get to know Jack a bit better…

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Get to know the Strike CEO

Mallers is a rising name in the cryptocurrency scene, having become known in the Bitcoin investment industry in recent years. 

The Chicago native has been a part of the world of crypto for almost a decade, having first come across Bitcoin back in 2013.

Around the same time, Mallers, who had been studying at St John’s University in New York, had chosen not to continue with his studies. 

Instead, Mallers went on to learn more about web development and software engineering as part of a local course, during which he developed several apps.

By the time 2017 rolled around, Mallers launched the payment service Zap Solutions, which according to CNBC, was initially created for use in cannabis dispensaries. 

The app’s purpose later switched into the world of crypto as a Bitcoin investment and payment service two years later in 2019, as per Bitcoin Magazine.

At the start of 2020, through Zap, Mallers announced the release of the instant Bitcoin payment application, Strike.

How old is Jack Mallers?

The young crypto executive is currently 28 years old and celebrated his latest birthday earlier this year in April, as per a past Twitter post

When he was aged 26, Mallers was featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 finance list last year amid his successes with Zap Solutions. 

The honor came around eight years after Mallers was introduced to the world of crypto when he was just 18 years old. 

Reflecting on the title on Twitter, Mallers described making the list as “surreal” as he added he was “incredibly honored and thankful.”

Mallers followed his family’s footsteps into finance 

Mallers is not the only one in his family to have worked in finance as his father and grandfather also made their mark in Chicago.

Mallers’ grandfather was on the Chicago Board of Trade, and during his time serving in the 60s, he was the youngest on the board.

His father also founded one of Chicago’s largest futures brokerages. In a past tweet on Twitter, Mallers also revealed both his grandfather and father were long-time members of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

In fact, it was Mallers’ father who first introduced him to Bitcoin. Reflecting on how he got started in crypto, Mallers told podcast The Bit he discovered it through an “immense cheat code.”

He explained: “My cheat code is that I had the world’s best dad, he’s my best friend, and he’s the one that got Bitcoin, believe it or not.”

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Amber is a freelance writer on The Focus who mainly covers anything celeb, music, and entertainment related. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism from Brunel University in 2020, she has spent the last two years reporting the latest celeb news and pop culture trends across leading and national publishers. Starting her career at Express.co.uk as a showbiz reporter, Amber began contributing on The Focus in 2021. As well as her work on the site, she has also written across other GRV Media publications, including both Reality Titbit and HITC. When she's not scrolling endlessly on TikTok, you'll find Amber wrapped up in yet another DIY crafting project.