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These are the 20 richest people in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies
Staff Writer 7 February 2018

In line with its famous “Rich list”, Forbes has released a new report on the twenty richest people based on their estimated holdings in cryptocurrency.

Forbes based its statistics on estimated holdings of cryptocurrencies, post-tax profits from trading crypto-assets and stakes in crypto-related businesses, and locked in the estimates using prices on 19 January 2018.

While it acknowledged that it likely missed some people (due to the secretive nature of Bitcoin), the report said that this was also the case for its traditional rich list, and that it was vitally important to produce the list and “make the world a better place by shining a light on the invisible rich”.

According to the data you would need a minimum of $350 million minimum to make the list of cryptocurrency’s wealthiest people.

You are also more likely to be younger than the rest of the world’s wealthy, with Forbes finding that the average age of the cryptocurrency’s richest people was just 42 (compared to 67 on the Forbes 400 list).

Name Estimated Crypto Net Worth (USD) Reason for wealth
Chris Larsen $7.5 billion – $8 billion Co-founder Ripple
Joseph Lubin $1 billion – $5 billion Co-founder Ethereum
Changpeng Zhao $1.1 billion – $2 billion Creator of Binance.
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss $900 million – $1.1 billion Co-founders of Winklevoss capital
Matthew Mellon $900 million – $1 billion Individual investor
Brian Armstrong $900 million – $1 billion CEO of Coinbase
Matthew Roszak $900 million – $1 billion Founder of Tally Capital
Anthony Di Iorio $750 million – $1 billion Founder of Jaxx and Decentral
Brock Pierce $700 million – $1 billion Chairman of Bitcoin Foundation
Michael Novogratz $700 million – $1 billion CEO of Galaxy Digital
Brendan Blumer $600 million – $700 million CEO of Block.one
Dan Larimer $600 million – $700 million CTO of Block.one
Valery Vavilov $500 million – $700 million CEO of Bitfury
Charles Hoskinson $500 million – $600 million Co-founder of Ethereum and IOHK
Brad Garlinghouse $400 million – $500 million CEO of Ripple
Barry Silbert $400 million – $500 million CEO of Digital Currency Group
Vitalik Buterin $400 million – $500 million Creator of Ethereum
Tim Draper $350 million – $500 million Founder of Draper Associates
Song Chi-Hyung $350 million – $500 million CEO of Dunamu