Crypto Investors: The World’s Richest Crypto And Blockchain Billionaires | news

“Forbes Annual Worlds Billionaires List” shows the current 19 crypto and blockchain billionaires in the world
The list consists of 16 Americans, two South Koreans and one Canadian
No woman among the world’s 19 crypto and blockchain billionaires

There is a lot of money to be made by investing in cryptocurrencies. Exactly how much money is shown by the successful crypto and blockchain billionaires on this list. They are the richest crypto investors in the world by net worth. Each of them owns at least one billion US dollars. All information about individuals and rankings is taken from the Forbes Annual Worlds Billionaires List. From March 11, 2022.


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19th place: Tim Draper

US venture capitalist Tim Draper opens the rankings. Forbes estimates his net worth at $ 1.2 billion. His enormous wealth comes primarily from investing in Bitcoin. His first purchase of cryptocurrency took place in 2012. Two years later, he increased his position and acquired another 29,656 bitcoins for a total of $ 18.7 million, a price of about $ 632 per coin. It was bitcoins confiscated from the illegal online marketplace Silk Road, which was auctioned off. The Bitcoin price is now over $ 40,000 and, according to Draper, is expected to rise to $ 250,000 by the end of 2022.

18th place: Matthew Roszak

Matthew Roszak is ranked number 18. Like Tim Draper, Roszak also bought bitcoin for the first time in 2012. From then on, he became more and more involved in the first coin offerings and acquired tokens like Mastercoin, Factom and Maidsafe in 2013. But he also participated in various crypto startups and invested in the now popular crypto exchanges Coinbase and Kraken. His net worth is said to be about $ 1.4 billion.

17th place: Michael Saylor

With an estimated net worth of $ 1.6 billion, Michael Saylor ranks as number 17. He is a co-founder of the American software company MicroStrategy, whose business model he has over time adapted to Bitcoin. In 2020 alone, the company is said to have bought over 70,000 bitcoins for a total price of around 1.1 billion. Since then, the value of Bitcoin has risen again, which has increased both MicroStrategy’s stock price and Saylor’s net worth. As a result, the investor who stumbled into dot-com-ra can now call himself billion again.

16th place: Kim Hyoung-nyon

Kim Hyoung-nyon is the first non-US citizen on the list. The South Korean is Executive Vice President of Dunamu and co-founder of the cryptocurrency exchange UPbit, which is operated by Dunamu. Hyoung-nyon is believed to own about 13 percent of the company and has net assets of about $ 1.9 billion.

15th place: Fred Ehrsam

Fred Ehrsam ranks fifteenth on this rankings and is the first to break two billion dollars. Ehrsam mainly achieved its net worth of about $ 2.1 billion by founding the crypto-trading platform Coinbase. While Ehrsam still sits on Coinbase’s board of directors and still owns about 6 percent of the company’s shares, he now works primarily for his crypto-investment company, Paradigm.

13th and 14th place: Devin Finzer and Alex Atallah

Two OpenSea founders Devin Finzer and Alex Atallah share thirteenth place. Each of them is said to own about $ 2.2 billion. OpenSea is a peer-to-peer platform that enables users to create, buy and sell non-fungible tokens, so-called NFTs. Finzer and Atallah each own an estimated 18.5 percent of the shares in the company.

Place 11 and 12: Joseph Lau and Nikil Viswanathan

Two partners from the same project also share eleventh place. Joseph Lau and Nikil Viswanathan co-founded the blockchain Decacorn Alchemy. The duo built the startup in 2017 as a toolkit for blockchain entrepreneurs and developers. Today, Alchemy is a leading development platform for Web3 applications, including the OpenSea NFT power plant and the Kyber decentralized exchange. Lau and Viswanathan are both reported to have a net worth of $ 2.4 billion each.

10th place: Jed McCaleb

Jed McCaleb comes in tenth place with an estimated net worth of $ 2.5 billion. Most of his enormous wealth comes from Ripple Labs and XRP, the payment-oriented cryptocurrency project he co-founded in 2012. But after disputes with his partners, McCaleb left the project in 2013 and separated from his XRP over time. Today, he is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of the cryptocurrency Stellar.

9th place: Barry Silbert

With a net worth of $ 3.2 billion, Barry Silbert is the first on the rankings to break $ 3 billion. Silbert earned his billions by founding the crypto-investment company Digital Currency Group, which owns a diversified cryptocurrency conglomerate. Digital Currency Group controls, among others, the Grayscale fund, which manages about $ 28 billion in cryptocurrencies, and the news portal CoinDesk. Before becoming a crypto investor, Silbert was an investment banker and entrepreneur.

8th place: Song Chi-hyung

Eighth place goes to Song Chi-hyung, Kim Hyoung-nyon’s partner when he founded the crypto exchange UPbit. Chi-hyung is said to own a 25 percent stake in parent company Dunamu and has a total net assets of $ 3.7 billion.

6th and 7th place: Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss

Sixth place is again shared by two people. This time, however, they are not only business partners, but even brothers: the twins Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss. The Winkelvoss duo gained great fame through the legal dispute with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the filming of the conflict in the Hollywood movie “The Social Network”. In all, both Winklevoss brothers received a $ 65 million settlement from Zuckerberg. Apparently, they used this money wisely and diversified it into cryptocurrencies. Today, both have a net worth of four billion US dollars each.

5th place: Chris Larsen

Top five introduced by Chris Larsen. He is the co-founder and CEO of blockchain company Ripple, whose XRP token is currently the eighth largest cryptocurrency in the world. He is said to have a net worth of $ 4.3 billion.

4th place: Gary Wang

Gary Wang is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of the crypto exchange FTX. He owns 16 percent of the company and $ 600 million in other FTTs from FTX. In total, Wang’s net worth is $ 5.9 billion.

3rd place: Brian Armstrong

In third place in this ranking is Brian Armstrong, CEO and co-founder of Coinbase. Armstrong owns 19 percent of the cryptocurrency exchange and has a net worth of $ 6.6 billion.

2nd place: Sam Bankman Fried

Long after the former crypto billionaires, Sam Bankman-Fried takes the silver medal in the rankings. He is the co-founder and CEO of the crypto exchange FXT. In total, Bankman-Fried owns about half of all shares in the company and also has FTTs worth more than US $ 7 billion. His net worth is estimated at $ 24 billion.

1st place: Changpeng Zhao

Only one crypto-billionaire is even richer than Sam Bankman-Fried: Changpeng Zhao. The Canadian is the founder and CEO of the crypto trading platform Binance. According to estimates, he should own at least 70 percent of the shares in Binance. Overall, Changpeng Zhao’s equity and other investments bring him a net worth of approximately $ 65 billion. This makes him not only the richest crypto investor, but also the 19th richest person in the world.

Nicolas Flohr / Editor

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