3 times more crypto ciphers are on the TBEN 2021 billionaire list than last year

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TBEN released its annual billionaire list on April 6, with Amazon overlord Jeff Bezos topping the list for the fourth year in a row.

The “digital gold rush” saw nine new crypto billionaires join the TBEN list, bringing the total to 12 (depending on whether you count the Winklevoss twins as one or two entries). List of billionaires in the world

Sam Bankman-Fried – Newcomer

Sam Bankman-Fried is the richest crypto billionaire, with a net worth of $ 8.7 billion. Bankman-Fried founded the trading company Alameda Research and the popular FTX derivatives exchange. The 29-year-old has been making waves in the crypto space, with FTX recently winning the naming rights to the Miami Heat’s home stadium for 19 years. TBEN recently ranked Bankman-Fried as the third most influential figure in crypto for 2020.

The Winklevoss Twins – New Arrivals

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have a net worth of $ 3 billion each and started investing in Bitcoin in 2012. The brothers sued Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg for intellectual property theft in 2004 and won a $ 65 million settlement that ‘they used to invest in Bitcoin. They launched the Gemini crypto exchange in 2014 and bought Nifty Gateway in November 2019.

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Chris Larsen – Retired

Larsen, co-founder of Ripple Labs, has seen his net worth jump from $ 2.6 billion to $ 3.4 billion in the past year.

Larson and Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse are battling an ongoing dispute with the SEC over XRP and unregistered securities offerings. However, the SEC’s lawsuit against Ripple did not appear to affect its token too much, with XRP rising 387% in the past 12 months.

Jed McCaleb – Newcomer

McCaleb is another Ripple co-founder and is said to own 3.4 billion XRP and 1 billion Stellar Lumens – the cryptocurrency he founded after leaving Ripple – with his holdings totaling a net worth of $ 2 billion. . TBEN reported that McCaleb sold $ 400 million of his XRP holdings in 2020 alone.

Michael Saylor – Newcomer

Saylor is the CEO of listed company MicroStrategy and co-founded the software giant in 1989, and now has a net worth of $ 2.3 billion. Saylor has become the leading advocate for companies holding Bitcoin on their balance sheets. Since its first Bitcoin purchase in August 2020, Microstrategy has invested $ 2.226 billion, bringing its total to 91,579 Bitcoins at an average cost of $ 24,311 per Bitcoin.

Brain Armstrong – Returned

Armstrong is the CEO and co-founder of Coinbase and his net worth has grown from $ 1 billion to $ 6.5 billion in 12 months. Coinbase has also had a successful year, generating $ 1 billion in revenue, and it’s slated for direct listing within a week. This will value Armstrong’s shares somewhere north of $ 14 billion, which means he may well be at the top of the crypto billionaire list next year.

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Fred Ersham – Newcomer

Ersham co-founded Coinbase with Brian Armstrong in 2012 and left the company in 2017. He is now a member of the company’s board of directors and his 6% stake is estimated to be worth $ 1.9 billion.

Changpeng Zhao

Zhao is the founder of the largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance and has an estimated 30% stake in the company. Zhao’s net worth is $ 1.9 billion and the digital gold rush has benefited the founder of Binance, Binance Coin becoming the second largest altcoin in terms of market cap. Zhao revealed earlier this week that he owns nearly 100% of his wallet in crypto.

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Matthew Roszak – Newcomer

Roszak is the president and co-founder of blockchain technology company Bloq and is a leading investor in crypto and blockchain. Roszak is also a founding member of Tally Capital, a private investment firm focused on crypto and has a net worth of $ 1.5 billion.

Tim Draper – Newcomer

Draper is a crypto evangelist with a net worth of $ 1.5 billion. He bought $ 18.7 million worth of Bitcoin in 2014 after his confiscation of the Silk Road black market. Draper was also a major investor in the Tezos Project and co-founded Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a leading investment firm in early-stage tech startups.

Barry Silbert – Newcomer

Silbert founded crypto conglomerate Digital Currency Group in 2015 and has a net worth of $ 1.6 billion. DCG owns asset management company Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, which currently has $ 46 billion in assets under management.