The Crypto Rich List: Who are the world’s richest people in cryptocurrency?

Posted on February 17, 2021 by Jonathan Symcox

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After Elon Musk’s recent crypto bet and Bitcoin subsequently breaking the $50,000 barrier, who are the richest people in cryptocurrency? 

New research from Traders of Crypto has revealed the Crypto Rich List – the 25 people who have earned the most from the digital currency boom. 

Unsurprisingly, mysterious Bitcoin dynamo Satoshi Nakamoto tops the list with a staggering $34.9 billion estimated fortune 

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The founders of Ripple and Binance feature in the top 10, alongside the Winklevoss twins, who famously accused Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea for Facebook – and used some of their $65m settlement to buy an estimated 700,000 Bitcoin. 

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The Crypto Rich List 

  1. Satoshi Nakamoto

Nationality: Japan 

Company: Bitcoin 

Age: 45 

Estimated net worth: $34,937,100,000 

The true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto is unknown, but they’re credited as the person who first developed Bitcoin. The latest estimates predict that Nakamoto has 1 million Bitcoin, which in today’s money translates to about $34.9 billion, making them by far the richest person in crypto. 

  1. MicreeZhan 

Nationality: China 

Company: Bitmain 

Age: 41 

Estimated net worth: $3,200,000,000 

Micree Zhan, also known as Zhan Ketuan, is the co-founder of Bitmain which is the world’s largest cryptocurrency mining company. He was ousted in 2019 but has since bought shares from other shareholders to claim back his CEO status. 

  1. Chris Larsen

Nationality: United States 

Company: Ripple 

Age: 60 

Estimated net worth: $2,700,000,000 

Chris Larsen has co-founded several successful Silicon Valley startups, his most notable being Ripple which allows for international payments using blockchain technology. It’s used by some of the world’s biggest banks such as American Express and Santander. 

  1. Changpeng Zhao

Nationality: China

Company: Binance 

Age: 43 

Estimated net worth: $2,600,000,000 

Changpeng Zhao, abbreviated to CZ, is founder and CEO of Binance. Binance claims to have 25% market share and is the largest crypto exchange in the world with $500 million in daily trading volume as of early 2019.  

  1. Jihan Wu

Nationality: China 

Company: Bitmain 

Age: 34 

Estimated net worth: $1,800,000,000 

He co-founded Bitmain in 2013 with Micree Zhan, however the pair have had a rocky relationship. Jihan Wu announced in January that he’s leaving Bitmain to put an end to the power struggle between the two co-founders.  

  1. Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss

Nationality: United States 

Company: Winklevoss Capital 

Age: 39 

Estimated net worth: $1,400,000,000 

The Winklevoss twins are known for accusing Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea for Facebook. They used some of their $65m settlement from this dispute to buy Bitcoin since 2012 and own an estimated 700,000 Bitcoin today.    

  1. Mingxing Xu

Nationality: China 

Company: OKCoin 

Age: 34 

Estimated net worth: $1,400,000,000 

Mingxing Xu is the founder of OKCoin.com, a globally-oriented BitCoin trading platform. He was arrested in October last year for matters relating to his business and released in November, but did not publicise why.   

  1. Matthew Roszak

Nationality: United States 

Company: Bloq 

Age: 48 

Estimated net worth: $1,200,000,000 

Matthew Roszak is co-founder and chairman of Bloq, a Chicago blockchain technology startup, and has been collecting crypto since 2012 as a long-standing advocate.   

  1. Li Lin

Nationality: China 

Company: Huobi 

Age: – 

Estimated net worth: $1,100,000,000 

He is the founder of one of the three major exchanges in China and the world’s leading digital currency trading platform, Huobi – a Seychelles-based cryptocurrency exchange. 

  1. Tim Draper

Nationality: United States 

Company: Draper Associates 

Age: 62 

Estimated net worth: $1,100,000,000 

He is the founding partner of venture capital firms Draper Associates and Threshold. Another early advocate, he bought $250,000 worth of Bitcoin when the price of a single Bitcoin was $6. 

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  1. Joseph Lubin

Nationality: Canada 

Company: Ethereum 

Age: 56 

Estimated net worth: $1,000,000,000 

  1. Brian Armstrong

Nationality: United States 

Company: Coinbase 

Age: 37 

Estimated net worth: $1,000,000,000 

  1. Anthony Di Iorio

Nationality: Canada 

Company: Ethereum 

Age: 45 

Estimated net worth: $750,000,000 

  1. Brock Pierce

Nationality: United States 

Company: Bitcoin Foundation 

Age: 40 

Estimated net worth: $700,000,000 

  1. Dan Larimer

Nationality: United States 

Company: Block.one 

Age: 37 

Estimated net worth: $600,000,000 

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  1. Brendan Blumer

Nationality: United States 

Company: Block.one 

Age: 34 

Estimated net worth: $600,000,000 

  1. Michael J. Saylor

Nationality: United States 

Company: MicroStrategy 

Age: 55 

Estimated net worth: $600,000,000 

  1. Valery Vavilov

Nationality: Latvia 

Company: Bitfury 

Age: 40 

Estimated net worth: $500,000,000 

  1. Blythe Masters

Nationality: United Kingdom 

Company: Digital Asset Holdings 

Age: 51 

Estimated net worth: $500,000,000 

  1. Charles Hoskinson

Nationality: United States 

Company: Cardano 

Age: 33 

Estimated net worth: $500,000,000 

  1. Michael Novogratz

Nationality: United States 

Company: Galaxy Digital 

Age: 56 

Estimated net worth: $478,000,000 

  1. Roger Ver

Nationality: Saint Kitts & Nevis 

Company: Bitcoin.com 

Age: 41 

Estimated net worth: $430,000,000 

  1. Brad Garlinghouse

Nationality: United States 

Company: Ripple 

Age: 49 

Estimated net worth: $400,000,000 

  1. Barry Silbert

Nationality: United States 

Company: Digital Currency Group 

Age: 43 

Estimated net worth: $400,000,000 

  1. Vitalik Buterin

Nationality: Russia 

Company: Ethereum 

Age: 26 

Estimated net worth: $360,000,000 

For a further detailed breakdown of the Crypto Rich List, visit Traders of Crypto 

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