The cryptocurrency roller coaster has already made many people lucky in recent months. Now, Forbes magazine, famous for its lists of billionaires, decided to map who are the people who profited the most from Bitcoin and its like.
Due to the hyper-volatility of these coins, the publication chose to estimate the fortune of these people in intervals, rather than in absolute values. There are, within the list, names of very varied areas and personalities – from anti-stablishment “cyber-punks” to Silicon Valley bigwigs, passing by a considerable amount of “deaf” ones.
Check out the full list – and how much money these people have in cryptocurrencies:
1. Chris Larsen (57 years old): between US$ 7.5 billion and US$ 8 billion
President of Ripple, which facilitates international payments to banks using blockchain.
2. Joseph Lubin (53): between $1 billion and $5 billion
Co-founder of Ethereum and founder of Consensys, Lubin was an executive at Goldman Sachs before co-founding one of the most famous blockchain platforms in the world. His other company helped launch companies and cryptocurrency tokens and even consulted for Microsoft.
3. Changpeng Zhao (41): between $1 billion and $2 billion
In less than 7 months, “CZ” created Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange.
4. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (36 years old): between $900 million and $1.1 billion
The two brothers became famous after holding Bitcoins purchased in 2012, when few believed in their potential. They recently built an eschange in NY.
5. Matthew Mellon (54): Between US$900 million and US$1 billion
Individual investor who bet on cryptocurrencies before the start of appreciation.
6. Brian Armstrong (35): Between $900 million and $1 billion
CEO of COinbase, the most popular entry point for cryptocurrency investors in the United States.
7. Matthew Roszak (45): Between $900 million and $1 billion
Founder of Tally Capital, he considers himself lucky to have learned about Bitcoin in 2011 and participated in the first initial cryptocurrency offerings. He claims to have given Richard Branson and Bill Clinton their first Bitcoins.
8. Anthony Dio Iorio (43) between $750 million and $1 billion
Another founder of Ethereum. His strategy is to always look for promising new currencies when one starts to wobble.
9. Brock Pierce (37): between US$ 700 million and US$ 1 billion
President of the Bitcoin Foundation and Consultant at Block.one, his first job was acting. He founded no fewer than a dozen cryptocurrency companies, including Mastercoin, Coinbase and Ethereum.
10. Michael Novogratz (53) between $700 million and $1 billion
Galaxy Digital CEO, former billionaire and recognized hedge fund manager. He started investing in cryptocurrencies in 2013.