Vladimir Tenev Biography

Robinhood CEO, Vladimir Tenev became the talk of the town after his decision to prevent users from buying stocks or options for GameStop. Bulgarian and American businessman Vlad is a co-founder of a billionaire-ranked company named Robinhood which deals in financial services. He started this company along with Baiju Bhatt who is his fellow mate from Stanford University. His company has been worth $6 billion.

Early Life

Vladimir Tenev was born on the 13th of February 1987 in Varna, the People’s Republic of Bulgaria. The names of his parents are not known but both of his parents worked for World Bank, later his father also taught at the University of Delaware. He was born in Varna but later he and his parents migrated to Washington DC and no information about his sibling has not been shared with the media. He completed his schooling at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. For his further and higher studies he went to Stanford University and earned his degree in Mathematics. Later he went to UCLA for Ph.D. in mathematics but dropped out to build his career.

Vladimir Tenev Career

After he dropped out in 2010, he and his friend Baiju Bhatt who is a Stanford graduate started a company called Celeries which is a high-frequency trading company. Next year in January they created another company named Chronos Research which deals in selling low-latency software to other trading firms and banks. On 18th April 2013, they introduced a trading platform called Robinhood. They worked hard to build up their company and as it started growing they expanded and diversified. In May 2018 their company was valued at around $6 billion. This way the co-founders became a billionaire. In 2013 he has been a part of Forbes’s 30’under 30 list. He also got an opportunity from UCLA in 2019 as a keynote speaker at the Math Commencement Ceremony.

Read Also:  David Eason Biography


He has donated $250,000 to a suicide prevention platform or the organization after hearing about the demise of Alex Kearn, a well-known stock trader. As a businessman, it is his duty to donate money and ensure a sense of social responsibility. There are no details shared with the media about his charity he seems to keep it private.


On 28th January 2021, he defended the decision of Robinhood which prevents the user from buying stocks or securities specifically of Gamestop. As the stock price of Gamestop increased, this sparked lot of criticism from the users of the app and politicians in major American parties. It has also been criticized for not having a proper minimum account and trading fees. There is also a rumor that he might face problems while liquidating his issues. Recently Vladimir has been giving interviews about the backlash he received from his comment to defend Robinhood’s decision. He has been on CNBC and will be going to more interviews. According to sources he is still working to make Robinhood better by protecting his customer and trying to remove allegations like his liquidity issue.

Vladimir Tenev Biography

Real Name Vladimir Tenev
Birth Date February 13, 1987
Age (as of 2022) 35 Years
Birth Place Varna, Bulgaria
Nationality Bulgarian, American
Profession Entrepreneur
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Not Known

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 3” – in Centimetres – 190 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 63 kg  –  in Pounds –  138 lbs
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Body Type Slim




School Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
College Stanford University, University of California

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Who is his wife? Celina Tenev
Children Nora
Read Also:  Elbridge Colby Biography

Personal Life

In 2014 Vladimir married Celina Tenev who is also a businesswoman. In 2017 the couple was blessed with a baby girl named Nora. The couple usually prefers to keep their personal life low-key and away from the media. According to sources her wife is currently residing in Palo Alto with their family.

Vladimir Tenev Net Worth

Vladimir is a founder of a billionaire company named Robinhood. They have earned a lot of money by trading in stocks. Their company is worth $6 billion.  He has also earned money in Chronos Research which was his first company. His sources of income also included appearances, events invitation, and Talk shows. His net worth has been estimated at around $1 billion.


  • He studied mathematics at Stanford University and for further studies, he got into UCLA but did not complete his doctoral studies program.
  • He founded Robinhood with Baiju Bhatt whom he met at Stanford.
  • Robinhood app was a combination of financial services with information technology.
  • Vladimir is also an inspirational speaker and was the keynote speaker for Mathematics Commencement at UCLA.
  • Vladimir is also a partner in Strategy at Amplo Management LLC.

Leave a Comment