The list began in 1993 and was focused entirely as a numeric ranking of wealth through 2003. Coincidently, this timeframe captured the first dot com boom, which many people draw similarities to with the boom of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.
A Modern 40 Under 40
By 2009 the list had become more explicitly a diversified ranking of power and influence. It includes business executives, political figures, sportsmen, fashion designers and artists who are under forty years old. However, the tech field still pervades the list, and this year’s highlights seven individuals that are working with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.
Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Influencers in 2018
#13 - Sumaiya Balbale VP of E-Commerce, Mobile and Digital Marketing, and Andy Dunn SVP, Digital Consumer Brands, Walmart
Fortune attributes the tandem of Balbale and Dunn for “transforming” Walmart, particularly in its e-commerce business. Walmart has filed numerous patents for blockchain technology, with a handful applying to e-commerce, and others for things such as medical records and their fresh food supply chain.
#20 - Brian Armstrong founder of Coinbase
The ranking cites Coinbase as looking to be the Google of Crypto. It is certainly the biggest exchange in the U.S., and facilities the Fiat to Crypto transition. This year has been full of announcements from the Coinbase team of things like adding several new coins, an institutional suite for major investors of $100,000+, a Cryptocurrency Index Fund, and even a philanthropy platform.
#22 - Vitalik Buterin co-founder of Ethereum
Vitalik Buterin brings the strongest display of youth to the list. The Russian born, Canadian programmer is only 24 years old. The next youngest on the list is 27, and only seven people on the list are in their 20’s. Earlier this year Google expressed interest in hiring him, but Buterin holds true to the deepest cryptocurrency ideals of decentralization and completely community run projects.
#24 - Vlad Tenev and Baiju Bhatt founders of Robinhood
At age 31 and 33, these two are just outside of the “Millennial” range, but they are clearly in touch with the culture. They have tailored an investment program to onboarding that generation to the investment world in radically different ways than the traditional sense. Their no-fee trading platform began adding cryptocurrencies this year.
#25 - Pavel Durov founder of Telegram
Pavel is known for supporting privacy rights through his message app Telegram, which is especially popular in the blockchain community. The app has at least 200,000 million users as of March 2018. The ICO for a Telegram cryptocurrency raise $1.7 billion from just 200 private investors before it ever went to public sale.
By: BGN Editorial Staff