Forbes released their annual list of billionaires on April 6, with Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and his $ 177 billion dollars topping the list for the fourth year in a row.
Announces Forbes ’35. annual world list of billionaires – The richest in 2021 #ForbesBillionaires https://t.co/Sc7ie8JlQI pic.twitter.com/YniOjfZwSi
– Forbes (@Forbes) April 6, 2021
The “digital gold rush” has seen nine new crypto billionaires join the Forbes list, pushing the total number up to 12 (depending on whether you count the Winklevoss twins as one or two records.) That̵
Sam Bankman-Fried – Beginner
Sam Bankman-Fried is the richest cryptocurrency billionaire with a net worth of $ 8.7 billion. Bankman-Fried founded the trading company Alameda Research and popular derivatives exchange FTX. The 29-year-old has been making waves in the crypto space where FTX recently won the naming rights to the Miami Heat’s home stadium for 19 years. The Cointelegraph recently ranked Bankman-Fried as the third most influential figure in crypto by 2020.
The Winklevoss Twins – The Beginners
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have a net worth of 3 billion. Dollars each and began investing in Bitcoin in 2012. The brothers sued Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg for IP theft in 2004 and won a $ 65 million settlement that they used to invest in Bitcoin. They started the crypto exchange Gemini in 2014, and they bought the Nifty Gateway in November 2019.
Chris Larsen – Returnee
Larsen, co-founder of Ripple Labs, saw its net worth grow from $ 2.6 billion to $ 3.4 billion over the past year.
Larson and Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse have been fighting an ongoing dispute with the SEC over XRP and unregistered securities bids. However, the SEC’s lawsuit against Ripple did not appear to affect its token too badly, with the XRP rising 387% in the last 12 months.
Jed McCaleb – Beginner
McCaleb is another co-founder of Ripple and reportedly has 3.4 billion XRP and 1 billion Stellar Lumens – the cryptocurrency he founded after leaving Ripple – with his holdings that added a net worth of $ 2 billion. The Cointelegraph reported that McCaleb sold $ 400 million of its XRP holdings in 2020 alone.
Michael Saylor – Beginner
Saylor is the CEO of the listed company MicroStrategy and co-founder of the software giant in 1989 and now has a net worth of $ 2.3 billion. Saylor has become the leading advocate for companies that have Bitcoin on balance. Since its first purchase of Bitcoin in August 2020, Microstrategy has invested $ 2.226 billion and has reached 91,579 Bitcoins at an average price of $ 24.311 per share. Bitcoin.
MicroStrategy has purchased an additional ~ 253 bitcoins for $ 15.0 million in cash at an average price of ~ $ 59,339 per share. #Bitcoin. As of 5/5/2021, we bought #hodl ~ 91,579 bitcoins for ~ $ 2.226 billion at an average price of ~ $ 24,311 per year. Bitcoin. $ MSTRhttps: //t.co/OMQMhA85xw
– Michael Saylor (@michael_saylor) April 5, 2021
Brain Armstrong – Returnee
Armstrong is the CEO and co-founder of Coinbase, and his net worth has gone from $ 1 billion to $ 6.5 billion within 12 months. Coinbase also had a successful year, generating $ 1 billion in revenue, and it is set for a direct listing in a week. It will value Armstrong’s shares somewhere north of $ 14B, which means he may be at the top of the crypto – billionaires’ list next year.
Fred Ersham – Beginner
Ersham co-founded Coinbase with Brian Armstrong in 2012 and left the company in 2017. He is now a board member of the company, and his 6% stake has an estimated value of $ 1.9 billion.
Zhao is the founder of the largest crypto exchange Binance and owns an estimated 30% stake in the company. Zhao’s net worth is $ 1.9 billion, and the digital gold rush has been good for the Binance founder, with Binance Coin becoming the second largest altcoin by market value. Zhao revealed earlier this week that he holds close to 100% of his portfolio in crypto.
Matthew Roszak – newcomer
Roszak is chairman and co-founder of blockchain technology company Bloq and is a leading crypto and blockchain investor. Roszak is also the founder of Tally Capital, a cryptocurrency-focused private investment firm with a net worth of $ 1.5 billion.
Tim Draper – Beginner
Draper is a crypto evangelist with a net worth of $ 1.5 billion. He bought $ 18.7 million in Bitcoin in 2014 after it was confiscated from the Silk Road black market. Draper was also one of the primary investors in the Tezos project and was a co-founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a leading investment company in early technical startups.
Barry Silbert – Beginner
Silbert founded the cryptocurrency conglomerate Digital Currency Group in 2015 and has a net worth of $ 1.6 billion. DCG owns the asset management firm Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, which currently has assets of $ 46 billion in management.