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Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev Grovels Before Congress at Gamestop Hearings

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The man known as “Roaring Kitty,” the YouTube personality who helped spark last month’s frenzy over Gamestop stock, was buttoned down for Thursday’s Congressional hearing into the unprecedented market rally.

But behind him, 34-year-old Keith Gill had a motivational poster with a cat dangling by one arm and the words: “Hang in there.” A red headband that became a trademark of his YouTube videos also rested in the background.

The Massachusetts ex-financial educator, who found himself at the center of the Gamestop controversy because of his videos and Reddit posts cheerleading the video-game stock, told lawmakers he always believed in the struggling company and didn’t push anyone to buy or sell shares for his own profit.

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