Blockchain and cryptocurrency markets are doing well. And that benefits industry figures like Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong or FTX exchange CEO Sam Bankman-Fried. And the creator of Bitcoin?
US exchange Coinbase is on track to go public. The company is targeting a market valuation of $ 100 billion. And its CEO and founder will be the first beneficiary.
The latter's fortunes are already doing well, however. Brian Armstrong is indeed one of Hurun Report's “2020 Global Rich List” billionaires. According to the ranking, the blockchain has 17 billionaires.
Brian Armstrong # 1 in crypto at $ 11.5bn
And these great fortunes derive their capital primarily from crypto exchanges, or their activities of investors and miners. And another sign that the market is currently experiencing a real boom, 11 new billionaires are joining this 2020 ranking.
The first of them is Brian Armstrong of Coinbase with an estimated fortune of $ 11.5 billion – and this even before the exchange's IPO. He precedes another figure in crypto on the charts.
This is Sam Bankman-Fried from FTX, a benchmark in the world of decentralized finance, DeFi. Its assets are in fact valued at $ 10 billion. He is ahead of the boss of another exchange, Zhao Changpeng of Binance ($ 8 billion).
Other cryptocurrency figures are also entering the rankings. These include the investors and bosses of Gemini, the Winklevoss twins. Seventh, Michael Saylor is today the main promoter of Bitcoin in business.
Bitcoin's mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto's 50 billion dollars
The co-founder of publisher MicroStrategy is behind the record multi-billion dollar cash investment. The company owns over $ 4 billion worth of Bitcoin. But Saylor also has BTC. Result: its heritage is $ 2.4 billion.
But the greatest fortune of cryptocurrency shines by its absence. Who is it ? From the founder of Bitcoin, known by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. Thanks to his Bitcoin, he would supplant all of the Hurun leaders at $ 50 billion.
Nakamoto could even claim the 25e place of the biggest billionaires on the planet. " However, as his real identity is not known, or even if he is alive, Hurun Research left him off the list. "
Another absent, yet well-known, Vitalik Buterin, 27, from Ethereum. He " should probably also be on the list, but his holdings in Ethereum are not clear “, Explains Hurun. As a result, he does not appear in the 2020 list.