Tiantian Kullander, co-founder of Hong Kong-based digital asset company Amber Group, died unexpectedly last week in his sleep. He was 30 years old.
The company confirmed the news in a statement, saying that Tiantian, also known as “TT,” had “passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on November 23, 2022.”
Tiantian was “instrumental to the founding of Amber and a pillar of our success,” the company said, adding that he was “widely recognized as a pioneer for the industry.”
Tiantian started the company in 2017 with a group of financial experts from two institutions where he had been previously employed, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg News reported.
The New York Post reported that Tiantian had earned a highly sought-after spot on Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2019 and that Amber had reached a valuation of $3 billion earlier this year.
“Besides co-founding Amber and building it into a multi-billion fintech unicorn, TT sat on the Board of Fnatic (one of the world’s most successful e-sports organizations) and founded KeeperDAO (the first on-chain liquidity underwriter) before giving it back to its community,” the company’s statement continued. “TT was a devoted husband, a loving father and a fierce friend. His passing is a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He is survived by his wife and their beloved son. We kindly request that you respect their privacy during this difficult time.”