Bitcoin is the most popular cryptocurrency in the world. For many, it represents the first successful attempt at blockchain. It can also be a symbol of independence from governments, a direct form of making transactions, or simply a speculative asset.
This virtual money was created in 2009. People who were the first to see its potential are now millionaires. Of course, no one at that time expected it to make such a big splash. Until now this virtual coin has been considered a high-risk asset, mainly due to frequent exchange rate fluctuations. BTC’s loyal followers certainly don’t regret pinning their hopes on it. Here is the Bitcoin’s big fish picked out by Investopedia!
1. Barry Silbert
The man has earned the nickname of the king of crypto. No wonder, after all, he has put a lot of effort into the development of the global financial system by providing support to companies related to Bitcoin and blockchain technology. Barry Silbert is the CEO and founder of Digital Currency Group, a company that has invested in over 100 cryptocurrency startups. Among other things, it acquired the news portal CoinDesk.
2. Blythe Masters
Among the millionaires revolving around the bitcoin industry, there is also a woman – Blythe Masters is a former managing director at JP Morgan Chase & Co. She currently holds the position of CEO at Digital Asset Holdings (DAH). This company builds tools whose main goal is to improve the efficiency, security, compliance, and speed of settlements, among others in Bitcoin transactions. It should be added that in May of last year, this company partnered with Google Cloud, thus providing it with already finished tools. Interestingly, the first client of DAH was JP Morgan Chase. Many people think that Blythe Mastered has done very more for the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry.
3. Dan Morehead
This man is the founder of the world’s first fund focused solely on cryptocurrencies. It is called Pantera Capital. Dan Morehead launched it back in 2013, thus becoming one of the world’s largest institutional owners of cryptocurrencies. This fund focuses on both investing in companies related to the cryptocurrency industry and virtual coin trading services. Currently, Dan Morehead is also a board member of the cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp.
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss
What would this list be without the famous twins, who through their conflict with Mark Zuckerberg (CEO of Facebook) have achieved a lot? These brothers invested a significant amount of money (which they received as compensation through the courts) in Bitcoins. It was quite an apt decision for them. They now claim to own 1% of all BTC in circulation and have developed a sophisticated system for storing the private key to their assets. The Winklevoss twins have gone full steam ahead into the cryptocurrency market, even launching their exchange called Gemini.
This man has invested about 30% of his fortune in cryptocurrencies. He started his adventure in this world very early. Michael Novogratz has also become an expert on the movements of Bitcoin.
These individuals were selected by Investopedia. If you think someone else should be included in this circle, feel free to discuss.