“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then your bitcoins are worth hundreds of millions of dollars”, as Mahatma Gandhi (almost) put it. Many key figures who are leading the industry of blockchain forward have been pioneers in the field not so long ago. It’s interesting to trace their success, and that’s why we compiled the list of top five blockchain pioneers who have virtually crafted the industry.
Before we get into some of the most popular names, it’s important to recall the real blockchain pioneer and the father of much of today’s blockchain technology — Nick Szabo. Among other things, Szabo, an American scholar, developed the concept of “smart contract” in the 1990s, which largely underpins the blockchain industry now.
Satoshi Nakamoto is perhaps the most legendary figure in the blockchain world. This mysterious person, whose real identity has never been fully disclosed, has been a founder of Bitcoin, and author of the first cryptocurrency whitepaper in history.
Vitalik Buterin also holds the title of cryptocurrencies creator, having been the co-founder and investor for Ethereum. His net worth reaches several hundred million, with him being only 25 years old now (20 years old when he was developing Ethereum)
You’ve probably heard about Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss as the guys who sued Mark Zukerberg and have been depicted in “Social Network”. Yet, in recent years, the main story associated with the Winklevoss twins has been their investments in cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin. Having invested very early on, the brothers have holdings in Bitcoin for more than $1 billion — and are important experts in the field.
Daniel Larimer has been a blockchain pioneer both in science and business. He created several technologies used in the blockchain industry and is also the creator of the cryptocurrency platform BitShares. His net worth now is somewhere between $600 to $700 million.