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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.

Vitalik Buterin
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.

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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.

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Changpeng Zhao
Changpeng Zhao (CZ)
CEO of Binance

Changpeng Zhao, most commonly known as CZ, is the founder and CEO of Binance, the largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume worldwide. Before launching Binance in 2017, the Chinese-Canadian entrepreneur developed Blockchain.info as part of a development team. Also, he occupied the CTO position at OKCoin, a crypto exchange operating since 2011.

CZ is among the wealthiest people in crypto and worldwide, with a net worth of $17.4 billion. In a 2021 interview, Binance’s CEO stated he would donate up to 99% of his wealth. In 2022, CZ attempted to finance Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter with $500 million.

Adam Back
Adam Back
CEO of Blockstream

Adam Back is the CEO of Blockstream, a blockchain technology company he co-founded in 2014. His name is linked to the early days of Bitcoin as Back is one of the two people to have received an email from Satoshi Nakamoto, the Bitcoin inventor. The cryptographer and cypherpunk invented Hashacash, an essential PoW element in the Bitcoin mining process. For these reasons, some people believe that Adam Back could be the real Satoshi Nakamoto, a claim the inventor has often denied.

Many regard Adam Back as a computer genius who was reverse engineering video games and software as a teenager in the 1980s. The British cryptographer is one of the crypto pioneers for his work and research in the field.

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Charles Hoskinson
Charles Hoskinson
Cardano Founder

Charles Hoskinson is a blockchain engineer, Cardano founder, and the Ethereum blockchain co-founder. The American entrepreneur co-founded Input-Output, a blockchain engineering company, in 2014 in Hong Kong together with former Ethereum colleague Jeremy Wood. The company’s most famous project so far is Cardano, the blockchain network supporting ADA, a top-10 cryptocurrency by market cap.

Justin Sun
Justin Sun
Founder of TRON

Justin Sun is best known in the crypto world as the founder of TRON, an open-source, proof-of-stake blockchain operating since 2018. However, the Chinese entrepreneur is also a diplomat, a businessman, and an ambassador for Grenada to the World Trade Organization (WTO). He took the latter position after retiring as CEO of TRON in December 2021.

Additionally, Sun gained a reputation for paying exorbitant sums on various initiatives and bailing out of them later. For instance, he once paid $4.6 million to have a private lunch with famous American magnate Warren Buffett before canceling it last minute. In 2021, he paid $28 million for an auctioned seat on the Blue Origin vehicle for a trip to orbit. Again, he opted out last-minute, citing scheduling conflicts.

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Jesse Powell
Jesse Powell
CO-Founder of Kraken

Jesse Powell is best known as the co-founder of Kraken, a US-based crypto exchange and one of the industry’s oldest platforms. He is an alumnus of California State University, Sacramento, and a former security consultant at Mt.Gox. Powell quit the Japan-based Bitcoin exchange in 2011 and started Kraken, citing major security issues at the former. Eventually, Mt.Gox filed for bankruptcy following a hacking fraud that led to the loss/theft of hundreds of thousands of bitcoins.

In 2021, Jesse Powell oversaw the launch of the Kraken Bank in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a fusing point between traditional and digital finance.

Alex Atallah
Alex Atallah
CTO of OpenSea

Alex Atallah is the co-founder and CTO of OpenSea, the world’s largest non-fungible tokens (NFTs) marketplace. He co-founded OpenSea in 2018 with CEO Devin Finzer. In the past, Atallah worked at Apple and Palatin, where he built a new cyber security product to help security professionals visualize and analyze network logs.

In 2022, the OpenSea co-founders became the first NFT billionaires after the marketplace reached an estimated $13.3 billion. Atallah and Finzer own 18.5% of the company each.

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Nick Szabo
Nick Szabo
Computer Scientist

Nick Szabo is a computer scientist, a cryptographer, and one of the crypto industry pioneers. He originally coined the “smart contracts” term when discussing the potential of highly-advanced practices of contract law applying to the design of electronic commerce protocols.

In the 1990s, Szabo designed a decentralized digital currency, which he named “bit gold.” Due to his work in the early days of digital assets, many believe he could be behind the Satoshi Nakamoto pseudonym. Nevertheless, he has repeatedly denied this claim.

Alex Mashinsky
Alex Mashinsky
CEO of Celsius Network

Alex Mashinsky is the CEO of Celsius Network, a borrowing and lending platform for cryptocurrencies and other digital assets. Celsius launched in 2017 and gradually developed into a prominent industry member. However, in June 2022, the platform indefinitely paused all transfers and withdrawals, citing “extreme market conditions.” Mashinsky failed to comment on the matter for almost a week following the incident.

As an American entrepreneur with decades of business experience, Ales Mashinsky developed numerous enterprises and registered over 50 patents. In 1996, he founded Arbinet, a commodity exchange for telecommunication companies. Later, he founded VoiceSmart, one of the first companies to provide voice over IP call routing services.

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Gavin Wood
Gavin Wood
Co-founder of Ethereum

Gavin Wood is best known for creating Polkadot and Kusama and co-founding Ethereum. Also, he founded Parity Technologies (formerly Ethcore), a company producing software for projects using blockchain technology.

Lastly, Wood is the founder of the Web3 Foundation, a nonprofit organization seeking to build decentralized internet infrastructure and technology. The Polkadot Network is one of the organization’s first projects.

Riccardo Spagni
Riccardo Spagni
Crypto Developer

Riccardo Spagni is a crypto developer best-known as “Fluffypony” and the former lead maintainer at Monero, a privacy-oriented cryptocurrency. He has an extensive background in the crypto industry as one of the first software developers since the early 2010s. In 2017, he launched Globee, a multi-currency payment processor.

In 2021, the US authorities arrested Spagni for fraud charges at the request of the Justice Department in his native country of South Africa. More precisely, Spagni is accused of defrauding Cape Town cookie company Cape Cookies. After staying in custody for 60 days, Spagni was released and handed over to South African authorities.

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Do Kwon
Do Kwon
Co-founder of Terraform Labs

Kwon Do-Hyung, better known as Do Kwon, is a South Korean cryptocurrency developer and co-founder of Terraform Labs. The project is famous for launching a somewhat successful stablecoin, UST, and a network token, LUNA, on its proprietary Terra blockchain. In May 2022, both assets collapsed, leading to $45 billion vanishing from the market in less than a week.

Before the infamous LUNA crash, Do Kwon had nurtured a stellar reputation as a software developer. However, in the wake of the crash, he had to deal with over 200,000 LUNA investors losing their investments. More than 1,600 of them filed a lawsuit citing criminal charges and others.

Jackson Palmer
Jackson Palmer
Co-creator of Dogecoin

Jackson Palmer is an Australian software developer best known as the co-creator of Dogecoin, which he launched with Billy Markus as a joke in 2013. Palmer left crypto in 2015 and has denounced the industry ever since. Moreover, he is against the idea that cryptocurrencies are the future of finances and other sectors.

Meanwhile, Dogecoin has exploded in popularity, mainly due to the public support of Elon Musk and other Twitter influencers. This development led to several online disputes between Palmer and Musk, each accusing the other of knowing less about crypto than they pretend to do.

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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.

Billy Markus
Billy Markus
Co-creator of Dogecoin

Billy Markus co-created Dogecoin in 2013 with Jackson Palmer as a joke. He never anticipated the coin would reach the top-10 cryptocurrencies by market cap. In fact, when he left the crypto community in 2015, Markus sold his entire DOGE to raise funds for a second-hand Honda Civic.

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Chris Larsen
Chris Larsen
Business Executive

Chris Larsen is a businessman, angel investor, financial expert, and advocate for the consumers’ privacy rights. He is best known in the crypto industry as the co-founder of Ripple Labs Inc. This company developed software that supports instant and direct money transfers between two parties.

Larsen has been founding and building companies in various sectors since the 1990s. At the beginning of the 2010s, he started focusing on cryptocurrency and blockchain. In 2012, he co-founded OpenCoin, which later changed its name to Ripple Labs. His business expertise helped the company attract angel funding from Google Ventures, among other investors. In 2018, Forbes placed him among the top 400 wealthiest people in America, with a net worth of $59 billion.

Jed McCaleb
Jed McCaleb
Programmer

Jed McCaleb is an American software developer behind numerous projects in the crypto industry. He is the previous CTO of Ripple Labs, creator of the Mt.Gox exchange and the peer-to-peer eDonkey and Overnet networks. As of 2022, he is the CTO of Stellar and among the world’s 40 richest people, according to Forbes.

Some may know McCaleb for purchasing the Mtgox.com domain in 2007, which he intended to transform into a trading site for Magic: The Gathering cards. Three years later, he repurposed it into a Bitcoin exchange before selling most of the company in February 2011, three years before the platform’s infamous crash. In 2014, McCaleb co-founded with Joyce Kim the Stellar Development Foundation, a nonprofit organization and open-source protocol seeking to enable cross-border monetary transactions.

In 2018, the New York Times named McCaleb one of the top 10 people leading the blockchain industry.

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Evan Duffield
Evan Duffield
Software Developer

Evan Duffield is an American software developer best known for developing the X11 mining algorithm and Dash, a cryptocurrency supporting instant and anonymous transactions. Duffield is in charge of Dash Labs and focuses on creating free software projects that would maintain Dash’s permanent decentralization.

Kyle Hagan
Kyle Hagan
Co-founder of Darkcoin

Kyle Hagan is one of the co-founders of Darkcoin and its network infrastructure. During his time on the project, he was also in charge of running the project’s official pool and brainstorming ideas. As of 2022, Hagan is no longer part of the Darkcoin team in any shape or form.

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Da Hongfei
Da Hongfei
Co-founder of Neo

Da Hongfei is a Chinese software developer best known for co-founding the blockchain network Neo with Erick Zhang in 2014. The project was dubbed for many years as the “Chinese Ethereum.” Together with Zhang, Hongfei also founded OnChain, a commercial blockchain firm providing various services to private companies.

Erik Zhang
Erik Zhang
Co-founder of NEO

Erik Zhang is a Chinese developer and co-founder of the blockchain network NEO with Da Hongfei in 2014. The two developers also founded OnChain, a commercial blockchain firm providing various services to private companies. As of 2022, Zhang is the CTO of Neo, a project that has long been dubbed the “Chinese Ethereum.”

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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.