In the rapidly evolving world of digital assets and blockchain technology, cryptocurrency exchanges serve as pivotal hubs for traders and investors. These platforms facilitate the buying, selling, and holding of cryptocurrencies, often providing features like advanced charting tools, futures trading, and staking options. Below is a curated table of some of the most prominent cryptocurrency exchanges to date. This guide offers a snapshot of each platform’s foundational history, stock market presence, and notable features.

Exchange Founder(s) Creation Date Stock Market & Ticker Notes
Binance Changpeng Zhao (CZ) 2017 N/A Largest exchange by trading volume globally.
Bitfinex Raphael Nicolle 2012 N/A Has faced various controversies but remains one of the major exchanges.
Bithumb N/A 2013 N/A One of the largest exchanges in South Korea.
Bitstamp Nejc Kodrič & Damijan Merlak 2011 N/A The longest-standing European exchange.
Bittrex Bill Shihara, Richie Lai, Rami Kawach 2013 N/A U.S.-based exchange known for a wide variety of crypto pairings.
Coinbase Brian Armstrong & Fred Ehrsam 2012 NASDAQ: COIN One of the largest and most recognized exchanges in the U.S.
Gemini Tyler & Cameron Winklevoss 2014 N/A U.S.-based exchange known for regulatory compliance and security.
Huobi Leon Li 2013 N/A Major global exchange originating from China.
Kraken Jesse Powell 2011 N/A Known for its security features and robustness.
KuCoin Michael Gan 2017 N/A Known for a wide range of altcoin pairings.
OKEx Star Xu 2014 N/A A major global exchange with a wide range of financial products.
Poloniex Tristan D’Agosta 2014 N/A Once among the largest exchanges, faced some challenges but still active.
Robinhood Crypto Vlad Tenev & Baiju Bhatt 2013 NASDAQ: HOOD Known for stock trading; added crypto later. Does not allow crypto withdrawal.
Uniswap Hayden Adams 2018 N/A A decentralized exchange on the Ethereum network.
Upbit Song Chi-Hyung 2017 N/A One of the largest exchanges in South Korea.
WazirX Nischal Shetty, Sameer Mhatre, Siddharth Menon 2017 N/A Largest exchange in India; acquired by Binance in 2019.
Yobit N/A 2015 N/A Known for a vast array of coin listings but has faced various controversies.
ZB.COM N/A 2017 N/A Chinese-based global exchange.