Crypto kings are individuals that are either creators of some of the well known cryptocurrencies in use or people who have made so much money through cryptocurrency trades or investments.
Some of the crypto kings are those that bought into the concept of cryptocurrencies in the early days when it was considered idealistic and unworkable. By the time the cryptocurrencies began to gain acceptance by many people and become extremely valuable, such individuals were already earning a fortune from cryptocurrencies.
Interestingly, many of the crypto kings remain unknown figures working in the background, earning more and more, whilst pushing the world of cryptocurrencies on to more possibilities and feats. Examples of crypto kings include Chris Larsen, Joseph Lubin, Changpeng Zhao, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, Matthew Mellon, Brian Armstrong, Matthew Roszak, Anthony Di Iorio, Brock Pierce, Michael Novogratz, Brendan Blumer, Dan Larimer, Valery Vavilov, Charles Hoskinson, Brad Garlinghouse, and Vitalik Buterin.
Let’s take a look at five of the crypto kings and the impact they make to the world of cryptocurrencies and their earnings from the digital currencies.
Vitalik is the creator of Ethereum, the world’s second most valuable and popular cryptocurrency after Bitcoin. He is tagged as the “boy behind Ethereum”. He is Russian-Canadian and worth between $400 and $500 million in cryptocurrencies, according to Forbes.
His cryptocurrencies projects include Bitcoin Magazine he co-founded in 2012 and the Ethereum cryptocurrency (2015). He has co-authored some books on Bitcoin and the blockchain technology, such as The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology. Vitalik got involved with cryptocurrencies in 2011.
Changpeng, also known as CZ, is the CEO and founder of Binance. BitFortune.net lists Binance as one of the most successful and most popular cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, with a user base of around 6 million. Zhao got involved with cryptocurrencies in 2013 and is currently worth $1.1 to $2 billion in cryptocurrencies according to Forbes. His projects include Fusion Systems (2005), Blockchain Info (2013), BijieTech (2015), and Binance (2017).
Charlie is the creator of the cryptocurrency Litecoin. His interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology was born in 2011. He initially created a cryptocurrency (Fairbix) in 2011 that failed due to attacks on the new coin before succeeding with Litecoin.
Bradley is the CEO of Ripple, the only enterprise blockchain provider of global payments in the world. Ripple owns the XRP cryptocurrency which is the third most valuable cryptocurrency after Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Bradley is worth between $400 and $500 million in cryptocurrencies according to Forbes and has a 6.3% stake in Ripple. He got involved with cryptocurrencies around 2015 when he became the president and COO of Ripple. His projects include Hightail (2012), Purestorge, and Diffbot.
Charles is the CEO and co-founder of IOHK, an engineering company that builds digital currencies and blockchain for academic institutions, government entities, and corporations.
According to Forbes, his crypto net worth is between $500 and $600 million. He was initially part of the eight original founders of Ethereum, alongside Vitalik Buterin, but left in 2014 to start IOHK with Jeremy Wood. His projects include Ethereum (2013), The Bitcoin Education Project (2013), and IOHK (2015).