Vitalik Buterin is a Russian-Canadian programmer and writer primarily known as a co-founder of Ethereum and as a co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine. Vitalik was a gifted child who devolped a likeness for mathematics. He was the co founder of Bitcoin Magazine and is the founder of the largest altcoin crypto and AI protocol known as Ethereum.
Many other projects have used the Ethereum protocol.
Net worth: $750 million USD
Having served as the Chief Operating Officer of Ripple, Brad now is in charge as the Chief Executive Officer at Ripple Labs. Prior to this, he became the Senior Vice President of yahoo controlling divisions of yahoo that include, Flickr, Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Messenger.
Brad has gained an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Net worth: $9.5 billion USD
Having served as a co-founder of Ethereum, Charles decided to part ways and form his own cryptocurrency venture known as Cardano. Charles attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and University Of Colorado Boulder to study number theory before moving into Blockchain.
After having returned to study mathematics, he was then approached by former Ethereum colleague Jeremy Wood to form a new project called IOHK (Input Output Hong Kong), an engineering and research company that builds cryptocurrencies and blockchains. IOHK’s key project is Cardano, a public blockchain and smart-contract platform that hosts the ADA cryptocurrency. In 2017, Hoskinson and IOHK sponsored research labs focusing on blockchain technology at the University of Edinburgh and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Earlier this year, (2020) Hoskinson opened a blockchain research project at the University of Wyoming.
Net worth: $600 million USD
One of the youngest experts in Blockhain at present who started from the very roots at Ripple, and is standing as the current CEO of Tron, The Tron Foundation and BitTorrent. Justin Sun holds an M.A. in East Asia Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in History from Peking University. He also won the award from Jack Ma, the founder of one of the largest IPO’s ever to be listed and go public, the Alibaba Group.
When he was 26, Sun was chosen by Jack Ma to study at Hupan University, and was the only millennial among the first graduates. Sun became the cover figure of Yazhou Zhoukan in 2011 and Davos Global Youth Leaders in 2014. In 2015 he was named CNTV‘s most noteworthy new entrepreneur, and was named in Forbes China 30 Under 30 from 2015 through to 2017.
Net worth: $650 million USD
One of the founders at Ripple Labs, Jed and his executive team are doing a fantastic job at Stellar and the Stellar Foundation. Stellar is listed as one of the largest ICO’s globally and has an impressive current ranking within the worldwide index of global digital currencies. In January 2018, it was reported that McCaleb’s Ripple token ownership was worth $20 billion, which would put him at 40th place in Forbes‘ list of world’s richest people.
In 2000, McCaleb founded MetaMachine Inc. and released his eDonkey2000 application. Sam Yagan joined him in 2001 and served as CEO of the company. McCaleb served as the CTO of the company and continued to develop the peer-to-peer eDonkey network as well as the Overnet network and the eDonkey2000 application. At its height, the network grew to have over 4 million active users at any given time. In September 2006, the company reached a settlement with the RIAA and agreed that the company and its top executives would “immediately cease distributing eDonkey, eDonkey2000. McCaleb donated US$500,000 worth of XRP (at the time of donation) to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI), and remains one of its largest donors, as well as joining its advisory board. In February 2018, McCaleb was announced as a new donor to the for profit artificial intelligence safety group Open AI.
Net worth: $20 billion USD
Blythe Masters (born 22 March 1969) is a British former executive at JPMorgan Chase. She is the former CEO of Digital Asset Holdings, a financial technology firm developing distributed ledger technology for wholesale financial services. Masters is widely credited as the creator of the credit default swap as a financial instrument. She is also Chairwoman of the Governing Board of the Linux Foundation’s open source Hyperledger Project, member of the International Advisory Board of Santander Group, and Advisory Board Member of the US Chamber of Digital Commerce. Blythe has incredible awareness within digital assets and ownership and is involved within the Blockchain sector.
Masters was named the CEO of Digital Asset Holdings in March 2015, a company that builds secure and distributed processing tools to speed up settlement, reduce costs and enhance security and transparency in regulated industries. The startup has raised more than $100 million in multiple rounds of funding from fifteen of the world’s largest technology and financial firms, such as Citibank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Deutsche Boerse, DTCC, CME, IBM and Accenture.
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Kain is the founder of one of the greatest DE-FI projects at present and is the head of Synthetix Network Token. Kain has many years of experience within the blockchain sector and served as a leading figure at BlueShyft. The demand for synthetic assets has increased immensily and since being listed on Binance, it’s trading volume has soared by 100 times.
He heads a strong team which is growing in the areas of interest exposed to various markets which can be created with synthetic assets and is also growing in market cap and trading volume on a day to day basis. He is aware of certain rivals within the industry like Kyber Network and Chainlink but the demand for tokens in Decentralised Finance (DE-FI) is rapidly increasing by the day. He has surpassed many rival ICO’s in the index of global rankings.
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Changpeng Zhao is a Chinese-Canadian business executive, who is the founder and CEO of Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, as of April 2018. Zhao was previously a member of the team that developed Blockchain.info and also served as chief technology officer of OKCoin.
In less than eight months, Zhao grew Binance into the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, as of April 2018. In February 2018, Forbes Magazine placed him third on their list of “The Richest People In Cryptocurrency”. As of September 2018, his net worth was estimated at $1.4 billion. After college, Zhao began working for the Tokyo Stock Exchange, developing software for matching trade orders. He also worked at Bloomberg Tradebook where he was a developer of futures trading software.
Net worth: $1.4 billion USD
Setting her career trajectory early on, Dr Green became the voice of sustainability and corporate social responsibility in the business of big money lending while at J.P. Morgan in London. She then went on to complete a PhD in electricity market disruption and become a research fellow at Curtin University, was Deputy Lord Mayor of Perth, helped set up Australia’s first fossil fuel free pension fund and has sat on numerous boards championing sustainable business such as the Water Corporation, Carbon Tracker and Climate-KIC Australia. In 2016 Jemma cofounded blockchain technology company Power Ledger and in 2018 received the EY Fintech Entrepreneur of the Year award. (source www.powerledger.io)
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Jared Tate, aka “DigiMan”, is the founder and creator of DigiByte. Jared was born and raised in a small town in Idaho. He learned the basics of computer programming and web design at an early age from his mother, a computer scientist charged with maintaining sophisticated nuclear computer systems for the US Government. He became an Eagle Scout, earned his pilot’s license, was captain of both the football and basketball teams, and was elected student body president his senior year.
During his junior year in high school, Jared was selected to represent Idaho in the United States Senate as a Senate Page for the spring term (109th congress) in 2005. After serving almost six months as a Senate page on the US Senate floor, he became very familiar with the ins and outs of the day-to-day operations of the US Capitol.
Upon graduating from high school, he received multiple nominations to the US Air force, Naval, and Military academies. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point for a short time before transferring back to Army ROTC at the College of Idaho, where he contracted with the Idaho National Guard. While at the College of Idaho, he became a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity as well as a competitor on the men’s swim team while majoring in Psychology & Business Administration.
Net worth: $30 million USD