Forbes Publishes First-Ever List of Crypto Tycoons

Nineteen crypto players qualified with a net worth estimated at more than USD 350 million.

by Viko
07 February • 2.5 min
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Forbes has compiled its first-ever list of the richest people in the crypto world. The goal of the ranking is to shed some light on the whole industry, to put it away from its provenance of being a drug dealers' favorite and represent the business in respectable way, according to Chief Content Officer Randall Lane.

The magazine calculated the net worth of crypto moguls based on estimated holdings of virtual currencies, post-tax profits from crypto trading and stakes in crypto-related businesses. The dollar calculations were made using prices on 19 January 2018.

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The list features five groups of crypto-moguls: "idealists, builders, opportunists, infrastructure players and establishment investors".

One of the requirements to appear in the list, containing 19 people, is a net worth of over USD 350 million.

An interesting statistics is that the average age of the crypto rich is 42 years, well below the 67 years for the list of the 400 wealthiest Americans.

Below is the list of cryptocurrency royalties, presented as "Prophets of Boom", an their estimated net worth:

  1. Chris Larsen (Co-founder of Ripple) - USD 7.5-8 billion
  2. Joseph Lubin (Co-founder of Ethereum / Founder of Consensys) - USD 1-5 billion
  3. Changpeng Zhao (CEO of Binance) - USD 1.1-2 billion
  4. Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss (Co-founders of Winklevoss Capital) - USD 0.9 – 1.1 billion
  5. Matthew Mellon (Independent Investor) - USD 0.9-1 billion
  6. Brian Armstrong (CEO of Coinbase) - USD 0.9-1 billion
  7. Matthew Roszak (Co-founder of Bloq / Founder of Tally Capital) - USD 0.9-1 billion
  8. Anthony Di Iorio (Co-founder of Ethereum / Founder of Jaxx and Decentral) - USD 0.75-1 billion
  9. Brock Pierce (Chairman of Bitcoin Foundation / Advisor at - USD 0.7-1 billion
  10. Michael Novogratz (CEO of Galaxy Digital) - USD 0.7-1 billion
  11. Brendan Blumer - (CEO of - USD 0.6-0.7 billion
  12. Dan Larimer - (CTO of - USD 0.6-0.7 billion
  13. Valery Vavilov (CEO of Bitfury) - USD 0.5-0.7 billion
  14. Charles Hoskinson (Co-founder of Ethereum / IOHK) - USD 0.5-0.6 billion
  15. Brad Garlinghouse (CEO of Ripple) - USD 0.4-0.5 billion
  16. Barry Silbert (CEO of Digital Currency Group) - USD 0.4-0.5 billion
  17. Vitalik Buterin (Creator of Ethereum) - USD 0.4-0.5 billion
  18. Tim Draper (Founder of Draper Associates) - USD 0.35-0.5 billion
  19. Song Chi-Hyung (CEO of Chi-Hyung) - USD 0.35-0.5 billion