Russian billionaire Vyacheslav Taran, president of Libertex Group and founder of Forex Club, died Nov. 25 in a helicopter crash in France while en route from Lausanne to Monaco, Switzerland. He was 53. The helicopter pilot, the only other person aboard the craft, also died.
Libertex has confirmed Taran’s death, stating:
Taran, who was trained as a radio engineer, founded the foreign exchange trading platform Forex Club in Russia in 1997. Forex Club became one of the three leading exchanges in the country before the Russian Central Bank closed it and a number of other exchanges in December 2018 for irregularities in their registrations. Forex Club Group continues to operate in more than 100 other countries.
The Libertex trading platform was established in 2012 as part of the Forex Club Group and registered in Cyprus. It offers a wide range of financial products, including cryptocurrency trading and “in-app crypto mining software” and is a sponsor of Bayern Munich football club. According to Russian media, Taran was associated with the YouHodler wallet and Wirex app and card, as well as several other investment and real estate companies.
Taran was also the founder of the Change One Life charitable foundation, which provides assistance to Russian orphans and adoptive families.
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Taran is the third crypto executive to die unexpectedly in recent weeks. Amber Group cofounder Tiantian Kullander (TT) died Nov. 23 in his sleep at the age of 30, and MakerDAORead more on cointelegraph.com