There is no doubt that cryptocurrencies and especially bitcoin have allowed the emergence of new millionaires and billionaires. The number of these is necessarily limited, however, their identity is not widely known. In addition to the high volatility of cryptocurrencies, the reserve of interested parties on their assets makes the count even more difficult. However, it is certain that the first investors to take part in the adventure would be among the lot if they kept a good part of their assets. More details below.
Billionaire in bitcoin and a major player in the crypto space
Compared to the year 2018, today there are half as many cryptocurrency billionaires known in the Forbes list of the richest people in the world. This is mainly due to the reasons mentioned above and to the entry into play of more important players in this market. However, it is important to distinguish between two types of billionaires. On the one hand are those who use their wealth to acquire bitcoin en masse, and on the other those who made their fortune thanks to bitcoin. This second category is also unique, because it is about personalities who went on to become major players in the crypto space.
In last position of our top 5 are the brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss whose fortune is estimated at $ 1 billion each according to the billionaires index of Bloomberg. Founders of the Gemini Exchange, they made a fortune by investing in bitcoin early on as you will soon be able to see in the movie titled Bitcoin Billionaires. Comes next Brian armstrong who is the youngest billionaire from this ecosystem and incidentally co-founder of the Coinbase exchange. Positioned at the 1990e place on the Forbes Billionaires 2020 list, he would have an estimated net worth of $ 1 billion.
A ranking dominated by a character relatively unknown to the masses
The leading trio is made up in third place of the inevitable founder and CEO of Binance, to know Changpeng Zhao better known as CZ. His fortune estimated at $ 1.2 billion is mainly made up of Bitcoin, Ethereum and BNB (Binance Coin). He is surpassed in the ranking by another major player in the person of Chris Larsen which is nothing other than the co-founder of Ripple. The CEO would thus have a fortune currently estimated at 2.6 billion dollars, more than double that of his predecessor.
At the top of this ranking is a personality whose name might not attract crowds, but who is known to purists. Micree zhan since this is him that it is about is an electronic engineer and the co-founder of mining hardware maker Bitmain. His contribution to the development of bitcoin therefore has nothing to envy others and allows him to get away with $ 3.2 billion.
With more than a million bitcoin in his possession, the equivalent of more than $ 16 billion, Satoshi Nakamoto the inventor of bitcoin is a scarecrow, hence his absence in this ranking. This is also explained by the fact that the latter’s real identity is unknown and his assets still have not budged an inch on the network.