There’s no denying that cryptocurrency has become quite popular over the last few years. When Bitcoin was launched in 2009, many didn’t expect that it will become as widespread as it is today. Nevertheless, nearly ten years later, the cryptocurrency market cap revolves around $220 billion as of October 2018.
So, who are the present day crypto kings? Here are some details about the most well-known individuals.
Chris Larsen, co-founder of Ripple
Having previously worked with OpenLabs, Larsen co-founded Ripple in 2012, and since then has gone on to make an estimated crypto net worth of around $8B. Ripple owns 61B of its 100B currency in circulation, with Larsen owning 17% of the company.
Joseph Lubin, co-founder of Ethereum And Founder of ConsenSys
Using the Ethereum crypto asset, ConsenSys works as a venture production studio. Having worked his way up the crypto ladder, Lubin is now believed to be worth between $1B and $5B.
Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, Binance CEO
Despite only launching last year, Zhao’s Binance is now the world’s largest crypto exchange with more than 6M users and an estimated 1.4M transactions per second. At just 41 years old, Zhao is believed to be worth somewhere in the region of $2B.
Brian Armstrong, Coinbase CEO
During the height of “Bitcoin mania,” Coinbase became the most downloaded iPhone app in the USA. An alternative crypto exchange to Binance, the platform has around 4.3M users. He is worth a hefty $900M-$1.1B.
Brock Pierce, Chairman of Bitcoin Foundation and Advisor at Block.one
Pierce started his successful career by building the leading virtual asset trading companies. However, the world of cryptocurrency tempted him and he went on to help launch a number of different cryptocurrencies. Pierce is now worth an estimated $700M-$1B.
There’s clearly a lot of potential in cryptocurrency. Whilst we’re not all going to launch the next big currency, there’s still plenty of ways to get involved in the crypto market.
To find out how and check out the infographic below and get inspired by some of the leading individuals in the world of cryptocurrency.