Forbes published its list of the richest people in the world. We explain to you who are the biggest fortunes in the crypto field, and why Satoshi Nakamoto could well appear in the ranking…
Forbes’ annual ranking notes that the list of great fortunes has grown greatly during the year 2020, thanks to very fast IPOs, cryptocurrencies that have soared and stock prices which have soared in the past”.
Not surprisingly, the top 3 on this list is Jeff Bezos, followed by Elon Musk and Bernard Arnault. But if we dig deeper, we start to find famous faces among cryptocurrency enthusiasts.
Among the wealthiest thanks to cryptocurrencies, we find first Sam Bankman-Fried. The founder of Alameda Research and FTX has $ 8.7 billion in personal assets for 2020, and more than 10 billion at the start of 2021. He is followed by the CEO of Coinbase, Brian Armstrong, whose fortune has sextupled during the year 2020: it is now worth 6.5 billion dollars.
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss first gained fame by becoming the first Bitcoin billionaires, and they only solidified their position last year. They both weigh $ 6 billion. We will also mention Michael Saylor, the CEO of MicroStrategy who made the headlines last year by accumulating Bitcoin for his company. He is said to have $ 2.3 billion in assets. Changpeng Zhao, for his part, took advantage of Binance’s good year: he currently holds $ 1.9 billion.
If Satoshi Nakamoto’s fortune was taken into account, it would however eclipse that of other billionaires in the cryptocurrency field. The mysterious creator of Bitcoin would thus have between 750,000 and 1.1 million bitcoins. If you put that at the current price, that makes a total of $ 59 billion for Satoshi Nakamoto. His booty would allow him to rank 19th among the wealthiest people in the world, ahead of Michael Bloomberg and Sam Walton.
In reality, BTCs held by Satoshi Nakamoto are of course considered lost. Moreover, it is not even certain whether this is a single creator, or a working group meeting under that pseudonym. Still, these bitcoins have accumulated considerable value over the years…