Top 10 Most Important People in Blockchain Technology

Presented here are some of the most influential people in the blockchain industry. They are ranked from the most influential to the least based on their work and contributions in the space.

by Ivan Penkov
30 May • 4 min
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Adam Back

Back is a cypherpunk, cryptographer, and the inventor of hashcash, which is a predecessor to Bitcoin. He is the creator of the Proof-of-Work (PoW) algorithm that is used in Bitcoin and he is also cited in Nakamoto’s white paper. He is the CEO of the biggest innovation company working on Bitcoin development, Blockstream.


Elizabeth Stark

Stark is the CEO of the Lightning Labs, which is a development company working on an implementation of a Lightning Network node, a solution to the scaling of Bitcoin. Lightning allows for near instantaneous peer-to-peer payments. Payments happen off-chain, meaning they are not recorded on the Blockchain, which is also the reason why payments are fast.


Nick Szabo

Szabo can be considered a “founding father” of Bitcoin because of his early works on digital cash systems. He is a computer scientist, cryptographer, and a smart contracts pioneer. He invented the term “smart contracts.”  Some even speculate that he is the anonymous creator of Bitcoin because of his project in 1998 of decentralized digital currency called “bit gold.”


Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Antonopoulos is the voice of cryptocurrency. He is a security expert and the writer of “Mastering Bitcoin” and “The Internet of Money”. He is working on a new book called “Mastering Ethereum.” He travels around the world and talks about cryptocurrencies. He is one of the most prominent figures in cryptocurrency.


Barry Silbert

Silbert is the head of the Digital Currency Group (DCG). His investment firm, DCG, is the largest backer of digital currency companies, including BitGo, BitPay, Blockchain, Blockstream, Coinbase, Kraken, Ripple, Shapeshift, and Xapo. Also, DCG owns one of the leading cryptocurrency news publishers – CoinDesk.


Naval Ravikant

Ravikant is an active Angel investor, who co-founded of US startup hub AngelList in 2010. Now, he his focus is entirely on cryptocurrency, with investments in companies like Kraken and Blockstack. He has also started his own cryptocurrency hedge fund - MetaStable Capital. He also co-founded CoinList, a financial services provider for ICOs.


Charlie Lee

Lee is the creator of Litecoin, a competitor to Bitcoin. At the end of 2017, Lee sold all his Litecoins and donated the money to the Litecoin foundation to stimulate Litecoin development. The decision to sell his coins was motivated by the fact that he was accused in the past of speculating on the price and tweeting about it.


Brian Armstrong

Armstrong is the CEO of Coinbase, the biggest mainstream website for buying cryptocurrencies. Coinbase is the number one brand in the crypto space with more than 13 million registered users and the first cryptocurrency “unicorn” company, with a USD 1.6 billion valuation.


Jack Dorsey

Dorsey is the CEO of Twitter and the head of a mobile payments company called Square, which has recently started dealing with buying and holding Bitcoin. Square is believed to become the biggest competitor to Coinbase. Dorsey is a cryptocurrency believer and advocate.


Steve Wilson

Wilson is an expert in identity management, digital identity, privacy, big data. He is a Blockchain critic and argues that non-monetary Blockchain use cases do not line up with the original Blockchain idea. He advocates careful and sober requirements analysis around what he calls second and third generation Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT).