Struck It Rich! - 9 Richest Cryptocurrency Investors in The World

Image Credit - bitcoin


Early crypto pioneers generated billions from their investments - discover out who the digital currency world's makers and shakers are!

Due to the volatility of cryptocurrencies, determining the true wealth of crypto investors is difficult. Having said that, there is no question that a small number of early adopters have made a tidy profit from their bitcoin investments.

Below are the richest people in the world, according to Forbes magazine, and how they got their money.

1. Satoshi Nakamoto:

This is the alias of the guy who invented bitcoin. There is a lot of conjecture about who “Nakamoto” is, or whether it is more than one individual. According to Nakamoto, work on creating the bitcoin code began in 2007. On August 18, 2008, he or a coworker registered the domain name and set up a website at that location.

On the cryptography mailing group at, Nakamoto released a white paper titled "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System" proposing a digital cryptocurrency. By January 9, 2009, Nakamoto published version 0.1 of the bitcoin software on SourceForge, launching the network by declaring the new blocks of bitcoin (block number 0), which contained a reward of 50 bitcoins.

Image Credit - coindesk

The sentence "The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on edge of the second bailout for banks" is embedded in the coinbase process of this block, quoting a headline in the UK newspaper The Times published on that day.

This message has been read as a date as well as a mocking reference to the instability created by fractional-reserve banking.

Satoshi continued working on the bitcoin program alongside other engineers until mid-2010, making all changes to the source code alone. He subsequently granted Gavin Andresen ownership of the source code repository and the network alert key, transferred numerous associated domains to various important members of the bitcoin community, and ceased his visible engagement in the project.

In 2021, a monument honoring Nakamoto's contributions to Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies will be unveiled in Budapest, Hungary.

2. Chris Larsen:

Chris Larsen amassed a crypto fortune of $7.5 billion to $8 billion by leveraging bitcoins for usage by large institutions. He is the executive chairman and co-founder of Ripple, a company that utilizes blockchain technology to verify and record transactions involving various assets, including its currency, XRP.

Image Credit - youtube

He had a track record of financing technological successes, including the first peer-to-peer lender in the United States.

Larsen's net worth was estimated to be $59 billion by Forbes on January 4, 2018, momentarily moving him ahead of Mark Zuckerberg and into the fifth position on their list of the world's richest individuals. In 2020, he was rated 319th on the Forbes 400 list of America's wealthiest individuals.

3. Joseph Lubin:

Lubin, one of the Canadian creators of blockchain platform Ethereum, is also the driving force behind ConsenSys, which assists in the creation of spin-off of cryptocurrencies throughout the world. Lubin felt that “shared infrastructure” might serve as “an organizing principle for Earth, the globe, and the planet,” inspired by an influential article authored by “Nakamoto” in the early years of bitcoin.

Image Credit - businessinsider

Lubin has also been personally involved in cross-industry organizations seeking to promote answers to blockchain governance challenges.

It is estimated that he has a bitcoin net worth of $1 billion to $5 billion.

4. Changpeng Zhao:

He established the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, which today has six million members and is known simply as "CZ" to his friends and fans. Last year, the exchange introduced its token, Binance coin (BNB), which operates on the Ethereum network. Following the founding of Binance in 2017, CZ is estimated to have amassed crypto-wealth worth up to £2 billion.

Image Credit - fortune

Zhao formerly worked as a member of the development team and as the chief technical officer of OKCoin.

5. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss:

Former Olympic rowers famously sued Mark Zuckerberg, saying that when he created Facebook, he stole their Havard Connection (now ConnectU) concept. The $65 million they won in the case went toward funding their later venture capital initiatives, including bitcoin.

Image Credit - forbes

Gemini, a cryptocurrency exchange, was founded by the couple in 2015. They also have positions in other cryptocurrencies, like ether.

They currently offer trading and storage for 33 of the market's more than 300 cryptocurrencies. Their trading volume was $ 29 billion in the previous year, and its 'confidence' rankings are comparable to those of crypto behemoths Binance and Coinbase.

Image Credit - raconteur

6. Matthew Roszak:

Roszak purported to be the first to give bitcoins to Richard Branson and Bill Clinton. However, with a portfolio worth about $1 billion, he can afford to be kind. He was an early cryptocurrency user, having discovered bitcoin in 2011.

Image Credits - nextdocumentary

He is also a co-founder of Tally Capital, Blockchain Capital's inaugural fund, which today invests in about 20 start-ups. This contains some of the most popular cryptocurrency exchange services, including Coinbase, BTCC, Kraken, Binance, and Messari.

7. Anthony Diiorio:

Image Credits - financialpost

Anthony Diiorio, one of Ethereum's creators, has long been a supporter of the cryptocurrency movement. His strategy has been to seed new cryptocurrencies in their early phases before exiting and reinvesting in new ones. Qtum, Vechain, and Zcash are among his other investments. His bitcoin net worth is estimated to be $1 billion.

8. Brian Armstrong:

If it is indeed true that the actual profiteers in the Gold Rush were the ones who manufactured the pickaxes and shovels, then the same might be said for cryptos – and if that's the case, Armstrong is in the first place. His company, Coinbase, is still the most popular entry point for bitcoin trading in the United States.

Image Credits - fortune

It was founded in 2012 and consists of two major components: a brokerage side where ordinary clients may buy bitcoin using a bank account, and exchange for bigger dealers. His bitcoin net worth is estimated to be between $900 million and $1 billion.

9. Brock Pierce:

Image Credit - juneauempire

Brock Pierce, a former child actor, co-founded Blockchain Capital (BCC) with Bart and Bradford Stephens in 2013. The firm hosted the largest ICO (initial coin offering) of 2017, raising around $700 million.

He has subsequently left Blockchain Capital, although his wealth from Blockchain investments is estimated to be in the $700 million to $1 billion range.

Written By - Kirthiga Morais P
Edited By - Daniel Deepak Charles

Post a Comment