Vitalik Buterin, 4 crypto celebrities on Fortune’s 40 under 40: Is crypto now mainstream?
Fortune magazine’s 40 Under 40 lists forty of the world’s most productive leading names who are less than forty years of age. In their 2018’s list, they have included cryptocurrency pioneers such as Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin (24), Coinbase’s Brian Armstrong (35), and Robinhood’s Vlad Tenev (31).
Fortune explains, “Whether they’re building companies worth billions of dollars, carving a prominent niche in a Fortune 500 business, leading governments or winning Academy Awards, these listers are running fast and winning big.”
Ethereum (ETH) co-founder Vitalik Buterin, 24, has made to rank 22nd for hailing as a “skinny visionary” who Google tried to hire “to lead its own whispered crypto endeavors,” and for inventing the second-most valuable cryptocurrency invention after Bitcoin (BTC).
Brian Armstrong, 34, the CEO of U.S. crypto exchange and wallet provider Coinbase, has ranked 22nd position this year. This is the second time he has been listed in Fortune 40 under 40. In 2017 he was ranked 10th when the exchange’s value was $1.6 billion.
CEO Brian Armstrong reveals, “Everyday, I write down affirmations (what I aspire to be in the world) and my goals (if I only got three things done today, what would they be). Then I start on those three things, before looking at anything else like my inbox.” Crypto enthusiasts are claiming that Coinbase aims to become the Google of Cryptoworld.
The Russian developer Pavel Durov, 33, has been ranked 25th, marking his debut. He is the master brain behind the popular social networking site VKontakte and the chat app Telegram. The magazine has emphasized his achievements including Telegram’s ICO earnings worth $1.7 billion.
In 24th place are Vlad Tenev, 31, and Baiji Bhatt, 33, “Stanford math whizzes” and co-CEOs of the brokerage app Robinhood, which has been offering a zero-fee crypto trading platform in selected U.S. states since February. The innovative project has raised $363 million in funding to expand crypto trading support in the U.S. In addition to this, it has $5.6 billion valuations that catapulted it to become the second most valuable American fintech startup.
These achievements of the crypto pioneer mark the evolution of crypto into the mainstream. The mainstream financial community is considering and giving more importance to decentralized cryptocurrency. Crypto representatives in the list of Fortunes 40 under 40 has significantly increased over the past few years.
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