The cryptocurrency boom appears to be alive and well for Binance, the world's largest digital-asset exchange by trading volume.

One of the hottest coins right now is the Malta-based exchange's eponymous token, Binance Coin, which has more than tripled in value in the last three months to around $15. The surge comes as the broader digital-asset market is little changed in the wake of last year's collapse that saw the prices of many rivals tumble by more than 90 percent.

The coin's performance is the latest twist in the dramatic rise of Zhao Changpeng, who co-founded the exchange during the 2017 cryptocurrency boom and had run-ins with authorities in Japan and Hong Kong before eventually decamping to the European island nation.