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Satoshi Nakamoto
Bitcoin Founder/s

Satoshi Nakamoto is the pseudonym of a person or group of persons who authored and published the original Bitcoin whitepaper in 2008. So far, no one has managed to answer the biggest dilemma in crypto “who is Satoshi Nakamoto?”

Over the years, several people have claimed or been claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto. The most notable candidates include Hal Finney, the receiver of the first BTC transfer, and Nick Szabo. The latter is the creator of “bit gold,” a digital currency he devised in the 1990s. However, both have always denied being the Bitcoin creator.

Nevertheless, regardless of who Satoshi Nakamoto is, they still have the public keys tracing back to the Bitcoin genesis block. Some estimate that the person or persons behind Satoshi Nakamoto own over 1 million BTC.

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Vincent Durham
Creator of Namecoin

Vincent Durham is the pseudonym of one of the initial developers of Namecoin, among the first forked cryptocurrencies out of Bitcoin’s software. He participated in forking Bitcoin’s code to create the initial solution to Zooko’s Triangle. According to the Namecoin website, Vincent is currently retired.

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Vitalik Buterin
Ethereum Co-Founder

Vitaly Dmitriyevich “Vitalik” Buterin (born January 31, 1994) is a Russian-Canadian programmer and one of the original Ethereum blockchain co-founders. Buterin is one of the early adopters of cryptocurrency. He is also among the first to write extensively about Bitcoin and blockchain technology after co-founding Bitcoin Magazine in 2011.

Buterin was born in Russia but immigrated with his parents to Canada when he was six years old. Since elementary school, his teachers regarded him as a gifted child interested in mathematics, programming, and economics. Buterin worked as a research assistant for cryptographer Ian Goldberg during his university years.

In 2014, Buterin won a grant of $100,000 from the Thiel Fellowship, dropped out of University, and focused on developing Ethereum. On July 30, 2015, together with a group of developers and capitalists, Buterin launched the Ethereum blockchain. Since then, he has been active in its development and supporting numerous other crypto ventures.

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Michael Saylor
MicroStrategy CEO

Michael J. Saylor (born February 4, 1965) is an American entrepreneur and best known as the co-founder of MicroStrategy. His company specializes in business intelligence, mobile software, and cloud-based services. Additionally, Saylor is an avid sustainer of free online education. To this end, he has founded the Saylor Academy, an online resource of free college courses from leading American Universities.

In 2020, Saylor announced that MicroStrategy would focus on purchasing Bitcoin, gold, and other assets instead of holding cash. Shortly after, the company started buying BTC in large amounts and for sums north of $250 million. As of December 2021, MicroStrategy had 114,000 Bitcoins worth an estimated $5.38 billion. In October 2020, Saylor stated he personally held 17,732 BTC.

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Brian Armstrong
Coinbase Founder

Brian Armstrong (born January 25, 1983) is an American business executive and investor, best known as the co-founder and CEO of cryptocurrency platform Coinbase. He holds a dual bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science and a master’s in computer science from Rice University in Texas.

Armstrong’s early career consists of a developer role for IBM, a consultant position at Deloitte, and a software engineer job at Airbnb. In 2012, he took part in the Y Combinator startup accelerator and obtained a $150,000 investment grant. He later used this money to fund Coinbase together with Fred Ehrsam.

Brian Armstrong was Coinbase’s first CEO. The company filed with the SEC to go public through a direct listing and obtained it in April 2021. Since then, Coinbase’s market cap surged to $85B, and Armstrong’s personal net worth passed $10 billion.

Sam Bankman-Fried
FTX Founder

Sam Bankman-Fried (born March 6, 1992) is the founder and CEO of FTX, a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange. Additionally, he funded Alameda Research, a quantitative cryptocurrency trading firm that manages various asset classes.

A mathematically gifted student, Bankman-Fried obtained a degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2014. His pre-FTX career includes roles at Jane Street Capital, a proprietary trading firm, and the Centre for Effective Altruism.

In 2018, he moved to Hong Kong after attending a cryptocurrency conference in Macau. There, he developed FTX before launching it in April 2019. As of 2021, FTX owns approximately 90% of Alameda Research.

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Barry Silbert
DCO CEO

Barry Silbert (born 1976) is the founder and CEO of Digital Currency Group (DCG). This global enterprise builds, supports, and invests in companies worldwide.

Silbert is a pioneer BTC investor, having bought Bitcoin as early as 2012. He founded DCG in 2015 and developed it into an industry-leading business supporting numerous enterprises. At the time of writing, DCG backs more than 150 companies in 30 countries worldwide, including Coinbase, Ripple, BitPay, and Chainalysis.

Additionally, DCG owns Grayscale Investments (the largest asset manager in the industry), Genesis Trading (the largest regulated OTC crypto trader), and CoinDesk (the dominant media and events company in the space). Lastly, DCG also invests in cryptocurrencies and other digital assets.

Barry graduated with honors from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University. Before founding DCG, he worked as an investment banker in New York. Also, he founded SecondMarket, a venture-backed technology company that Nasdaq later acquired.

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Hayden Adams
Uniswap Founder

Hayden Adams (born 1991) is a crypto entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Uniswap, a DEX protocol operating on the Ethereum blockchain. In just four years, he went from unemployment and living with his parents to leading one of the top decentralized exchanges in crypto.

Adams graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering in 2016. Following short stints as a researcher and a mechanical engineer, he obtained an engineer position at Siemens. However, the company fired him after only one year.

In 2017, Adams read a Vitalik Buterin article on Reddit, which inspired him to enter crypto. He started learning how to code in JavaScript and Solidity. After a few years of research and work, he obtained a $65,000 grant from Ethereum Foundation, launching Uniswap in November 2018.

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Caitlin Long
CEO Avanti Group

Caitlin Long is a 22-year Wall Street veteran who has been active in Bitcoin and blockchain since 2012. Since 2018, she has led an initiative to transform her native state of Wyoming into an oasis for blockchain companies in the US. Furthermore, she helped the state with 20 blockchain-enabling laws.

Additionally, as chairman and president of Symbiont, she led a blockchain project to deliver market index data to Vanguard. In the past, Long has worked for Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and Salomon Brothers. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School (JD, 1994), the Kennedy School of Government (MPP, 1994), and the University of Wyoming (BA, 1990).

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Anthony Pompliano
Co-Founder Morgan Creek

Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano is an American investor, businessman, and financial expert. He has invested over $100 million in early-stage technology companies, according to his LinkedIn page. Among these enterprises are multiple seed investments, which are now worth over $1 billion.

Pompliano has a Bachelor in Arts – Double Major in Economics and Sociology. He has worked as a product manager at Facebook and as a managing partner at Full Tilt Capital. Also, Pompliano is the co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital Assets, a partner between 2018 and 2020. Today, he operates as a solo-capitalist and seeks asymmetric opportunities at the earliest stages of a business.

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Jack Dorsey
Twitter Co-Founder

Jack Patrick Dorsey (born November 19, 1976) is an American tech entrepreneur best known as the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter. Additionally, he has founded Block, Inc. (formerly Square, Inc.), a financial payments company boasting a popular mobile payment service, Cash App.

Dorsey developed an interest in open-source software from an early age. He attended the University of Missouri–Rolla and New York University but dropped out of both. In 2000, he moved to California and launched a company in Oakland to dispatch couriers, taxis, and emergency services from the Web. That’s when he got the idea of a web-based real-time status/short message communication service, which later became Twitter.

Dorsey took various leading positions at Twitter between 2006 and 2021 when he stepped down from the CEO position. During this time, his involvement in crypto grew significantly. Many consider him as a crypto fanatic and a lifelong Bitcoin supporter. After leaving Twitter, Dorsey has more time to focus on Block, Inc. and its continuous plowing into the cryptosphere.

Charlie Lee
Charlie Lee
Creator of Litecoin

Charlie Lee is best known as the creator of Litecoin, one of the Bitcoin derivatives surfacing on the market in 2011. The MIT graduate and computer scientist has solid experience in entrepreneurship and technology, having worked for Google, Coinbase, and Guidewire Software.

Lee left the project in December 2017 after selling and donating all his LTC during the coin’s then-ATH. He cited a perceived conflict of interest as the reason behind the sudden departure. However, he was under intense criticism from LTC supporters accusing Lee of undermining the coin’s value through his tweets.

Charlie Lee is currently working with the Litecoin Foundation to support LTC adoption.

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