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PayPal CEO Dan Schulman is making friends out of enemies

Schulman is No. 25 on the Recode 100.

Rani Molla is a senior correspondent at Vox and has been focusing her reporting on the future of work. She has covered business and technology for more than a decade — often in charts — including at Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.

Led by Dan Schulman, PayPal’s stock price rose 80 percent this year — quite a feat for a 20-year-old company.

As CEO, he oversaw partnerships with rivals, including some of the world’s biggest tech and financial institutions including Google, Apple Facebook, Visa, Mastercard and Baidu.

“People who everyone thought would compete with us are now very close partners. Like Facebook — many of their payment ­initiatives are done through our platform, and 50 percent of Apple Pay comes through our platform,” Schulman told Fortune last month. “So over time the competitive environment has become more benign for us than aggressive.”

It has paid off. Last quarter, PayPal added 6.5 million accounts — up 80 percent from a year earlier — bringing its userbase to more than 210 million active accounts. PayPal subsidiary Venmo also saw huge growth, with transaction volume doubling year over year.

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