Forbes has published a list of “The richest people in the world of cryptocurrencies.” The rating is called the ideological continuation of the list of 400 richest Americans, which the magazine has been making since 1982. The assessment of the person was made on the basis of several indicators: the volume of the cryptocurrency (confirmed by several evidence), tax statements on the trade in crypto assets, the sale or ownership of shares in crypto business.
The cost of cryptocurrency, which the list of participants own, is fixed at the rate of January 19, 2018. The minimum condition for getting into the top is $ 350 million. The average age of participants is 42 years, compared to 67 years for members of the traditional Forbes 400.
Chris Larsen, 57 years old – $ 7.5 billion – $ 8 billion
Executive Chairman and former CEO of Ripple, a company that conducts international banking transactions using a blockchain. In his personal possession are 5.2 billion XRP. The company itself owns 61 billion XRP, the capitalization of this asset is $ 95 billion.
Joseph Lubin, 53 years old – $ 1 billion – $ 5 billion
Former top manager of Goldman Sachs is one of the founders of the Ethereum blockchain. He also founded ConsenSys, which has more than 600 employees and offices in 28 countries. Its specialization is helping crypto companies launch and release tokens, as well as consulting.
Changpeng Zao, 41 years – $ 1.1 billion – $ 2 billion
In less than seven months, Zao, better known simply as CZ, founded the world’s largest Binance crypto-exchange. With 6 million active users, Zao expanded the business to three countries in an attempt to avoid pressure from regulators.
The Winklewos Brothers, 36 years old – $ 900 million – $ 1.1 billion
Tyler and his twin brother, Cameron, became the heroes of one of the brightest campbucks in the history of American business. They bought Bitcoin in 2012, when the demand was small, and kept the asset. And they created an exchange in New York, which recently broke the mark of $ 300 million of daily transactions.
Matthew Mellon, 54 years – $ 900 million – $ 1 billion
Heir to a rich banking empire, Mellon has been dealing with crypto-currencies for several years, despite the warnings of relatives and friends. He was one of the first XRP investors to launch a Ripple token.
Brian Armstrong, 35 years – $ 900 million – $ 1 billion
In the gold rush of the digital age of Armstrong, it’s the guy who earns money by selling trays for gold washing. Bryan founded the Coinbase, the most popular trending-platform in the United States, in 2012.
Matthew Roszak, 45 years old – $ 900 million – $ 1 billion
As the investor himself says: “I was very lucky” He learned about Bitcoin in 2011 and was a member of the first ICO. In addition, he always looks for “newcomers” – according to Rozsak, he gave Bill Clinton and Richard Branson their first bitcoins.
Anthony Di Lorio, 43 years old – $ 750 million – $ 1 billion
Di Lorio invested part of the funds for the foundation of the Ethereum blockchain, and also owns a number of third-party crypto-active assets. His strategy is simple – you need to enter early, and as soon as the asset grows up and it pays off well, you can pump up a new promising coin with money.
Brock Pierce, 37 years old – $ 700 million – $ 1 billion
Former actor of the children’s theater, Pierce managed to visit the founder of a dozen crypto companies, including Mastercoin, Coinbase and Ethereum. Now he threatens to donate $ 1 billion to a decentralized autonomous community, which will be registered as a charitable organization – decisions about the allocation of funds will be taken with the use of a detachment.
Michael Novogratts, 53 years – $ 700 million – $ 1 billion
A former billionaire, as well as a well-known hedge manager, is preparing to make a return into the big leagues. He has been engaged in cryptocurrencies since 2013, and two years ago left the Fortress Investment Group to fully focus on this area.
Brendan Bloomer, 31 years old – $ 600 million – $ 700 million
A native of Iowa, whose business is concentrated in Hong Kong, organized one of the largest ICOs worth more than $ 1 billion for the EOS.IO blockchain. True, the first sale of a virtual asset he made back in 14 – then Bloomer traded valuable items in online games.
Dan Larimer, 35 years – $ 600 million – $ 700 million
The engineer, who worked for the American military industry, has not yet survived the existential crisis and has not left work. Dan started creating “a system that offered life, freedom and prosperity for humanity.” As a result, Larimer stood at the origins of three blockchain, including EOS.IO.
Valery Vavilov, 38 years old – $ 500 million – $ 700 million
Valery was greatly influenced by the way he watched the financial collapse of his parents who lost money after the collapse of the USSR – he became interested in networks that will not be controlled from one center. A decade later, Vavilov established Bitfury, which is engaged in the mining of bitcoins.
Charles Hoskinson, 30 years – $ 500 million – $ 600 million
Hoskinson briefly was the CEO of the Ethereum blockchain, until the board of directors forced him to resign.
Brad Garlinhaus, 47 years old – $ 400 million – $ 500 million
This Harvard graduate boasts an excellent resume. He previously worked for AOL and Yahoo, and now is CEO of Ripple.
Barry Silbert, 41 years – $ 400 million – $ 500 million
Silbert lit up on Wall Street thanks to the launch of the Second-Market project – an exchange waiting to sell “complex” assets like shares in non-public technology companies. His current concerns are the company Digital Currency Group (owns the site CoinDesk), as well as investments in crypto companies like Coinbase and Ripple.
Vitalik Buterin, 24 years old – $ 400 million – $ 500 million
The former friend of Peter Thiel, Buterin is the creator of the Ethereum blockchain, which capitalization has exceeded $ 100 billion. Now he cooperates with companies like Microsoft, BP and JPMorgan.
Tim Draper, 59 years old – $ 350 million – $ 500 million
Draper simply invested in bitcoin before it became fashionable, but now he is confident in the success of the undertaking: “I believe that bitcoin and crypto-currencies will be the engine of most of world trade.”
Song Chi-Hung, 38 years old – $ 350 million – $ 500 million
In just four months, its Upbit exchange became the most popular in South Korea, one of the largest bitcoin trading markets. In December, the average volume of daily transactions reached $ 4.7 billion, and at the peak reached $ 11 billion.