The American business magazine Forbes recently published its famous list of the richest people in the world. The surprise of the 2021 version of the list that is published annually is the inclusion of 12 billionaires from the crypto industry or ecosystem and / or who work directly with crypto currencies and openly support them.
Since March 1987, Forbes has published its list of billionaires every year. In the first ranking, Japanese businessman and real estate mogul Yoshiaki Tsutsumi was the richest person with an estimated wealth of around $ 20 billion. Since then, and every year, Forbes has deployed an army of journalists and researchers to find and track the richest people in the world.
In 2021, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world with an estimated $ 177 billion. Bezos was the first human being on earth to be listed on Forbes as a centibillionaire. Bezos is followed by dogecoin (DOGE) fan and Tesla CEO Elon Musk with $ 151 billion. Then there is Bernard Arnault and his family, owners of companies like Sephora and Louis Vuitton and with a net worth of approximately $ 150 billion. They are followed by Bill Gates ($ 124 billion) and Mark Zuckerberg ($ 97 billion).
The peculiarity of this year’s list is that it includes 12 crypto billionaires, people directly associated with the crypto currency industry. Many consider Elon Musk to be the most important on the list. However, while he could be considered a “crypto” billionaire, most experts are of the opinion that he is more of an advocate than someone infused into the crypto-blockchain industry.
The 12 crypto billionaires mentioned in this year’s list either work with digital currency exchanges or are venture capitalists who invest heavily in crypto startups. Forbes notes that FTX Exchange CEO Sam Bankman-Fried is the richest crypto billionaire at $ 8.7 billion today. Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong is second with around $ 6.5 billion. The next two people are the Winklevoss Twins, founders of the Gemini Exchange with a collective net worth of around $ 6 billion.
Ripple Labs co-founder Chris Larsen ranks fourth with $ 3.5 billion. Microstrategy CEO Michael Saylor stands out on the list for having $ 2.3 billion. Another Ripple co-founder is also mentioned in the 2021 Forbes billionaires list, as Jed McCaleb is estimated to have around $ 2 billion. Coinbase co-founder Fred Ersham has around $ 1.9 billion, the same amount and ranking as ChangPeng Zhao (CZ), CEO of Binance.
The last three people on the “crypto list” include Digital Currency Group’s Barry Silbert ($ 1.6 billion), Bloq’s Matthew Roszak ($ 1.5 billion), and well-known venture capitalist Tim Draper.
For his part, Roger Ver mentioned that it was not on the list and claimed that it might not be accurate. Additionally, Ver explained that when some companies he has invested in go public, he plans to have “several billion dollars in capital” and $ 2 billion will be dedicated to the Bitcoin Cash network and spreading adoption.
Another person (or group of people) who is not mentioned, is for example Satoshi Nakamoto. Using current exchange rates, Nakamoto could be worth more than $ 59 billion.
The Forbes crypto listing would be:
- Sam Bankman-Fried – USD 8.7 billion
- Brian Armstrong – USD 6.5 billion
- Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss – USD 6 billion between them
- Chris Larsen – USD 3.5 billion
- Michael Saylor – USD 2.3 billion
- Jed McCaleb – USD 2 billion.
- Fred Ersham and ChangPeng Zhao – USD 1.9 billion each
- Barry Silbert – USD 1.6 billion
- Matthew Roszak and Tim Draper – USD 1.5 billion each