Top 5 World's Richest People in Crypto
Forbes has compiled a rating of those who have increased their wealth through cryptocurrency. There are now 19 crypto-billionaires in the world; people with a fortune of at least 1 billion dollars made from investments in crypto and blockchain assets.
In the first place rankings, with an estimated fortune of $65 billion, is the CEO and Founder of the Canadian trading platform Binance, Changpeng Zhao. The 44 year-old entrepreneur owns about 70% of the company and he also owns Bitcoin, but the value of the investment is unknown.
The second place is taken by the founder of FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried. He has a fortune of $23 billion, of which he plans to keep only 1% for himself. The rest of the money will be donated, according to the entrepreneur, as he is a believer in 'effective altruism’. This is a social movement and philosophy that focuses on the idea of doing as much good as possible for as many people as possible.
The podium is completed by Brian Armstrong, CEO and Founder of Coinbase. His fortune was estimated to be $6.6 billion at the time of writing. Armstrong became prominent in 2020 when he asked employees not to discuss politics at work.
Gary Wang, founder and Chief Technical Officer of FTX, has been added to the list of crypto billionaires with a fortune of $ 5.6 billion. A graduate of MIT, Wang developed an arbitrage bot for bitcoin back in 2013.
Another well-known name on the list is Chris Larsen, co-founder of Ripple, who has a fortune of $4.3 billion. He made waves recently after launching a campaign, 'Change the Code, Not the Climate', pushing for the Bitcoin ecosystem to switch to the Proof-of-Stake (PoS) system, which would significantly reduce polluting emissions for the world's most popular cryptocurrency.
Top 10 crypto-billionaires:
- Jed McCaleb (co-founder and founder of Ripple and Stellar) – $2,5 billion
- Barry Silbert (founder of Digital Currency Group) – $3,2 billion
- Song Chi-hyung (founder of Upbit) – $3,7 billion
- Cameron Winklevoss (investing in Bitcoin) – $4 billion
- Tyler Winklevoss (investing in Bitcoin) – $4 billion
- Chris Larsen (co-founder of Ripple) – $4,3 billion
- Garry Wang (cofondator al FTX) – $5,9 billion
- Brian Armstrong (founder of Coinbase) – $6,6 billion
- Sam Bankman-Fried (co-founder of FTX) – $23 billion
- Changpeng Zhao (founder of Binance) – $65 billion
Extra Place: Satoshi Nakomoto - approximately $48 billion (as of December 2021). Although little is known about the man who started this cryptocurrency fever, it is estimated that he has 1 million BTC in his wallet.
The first list of the richest people in the field of crypto was published by Forbes in 2018. At that time, only a few people were part of it. At the same time, the minimum threshold for wealth was $350 million.
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