A faceless person called Satoshi Nakamoto has bagged a rank among the world’s top 100 global finance leaders, leaving well-known personalities like Mark Zuckerberg, Kristalina Georgieva, and Paul Krugman behind.
Worth.com has named Satoshi Nakamoto the 44th most powerful individual in finance. The pseudonym, who could be a man or a woman, a person or a group of persons, an Earthling or an alien – or just about anything, is the entity behind the creation of Bitcoin, the world’s first peer-to-peer electronic cash payment protocol which has become a multi-billion dollar market containing thousands of financial and technological startups.
A Game Changer
Bitcoin allows people to send and receive payments directly to each other without needing a payment institution. It maintains the record of these transactions on a public ledger called the blockchain – practically doing what a bank does – at a much cheaper and faster rate.
Some of the world’s leading corporations of the likes of IBM, Bank of America, MasterCard, and JP Morgan are patenting solutions based on the bitcoin’s open-source solution, the blockchain. New startups are cloning its characteristics to create their allegedly “improved” user-specific solutions.
Bitcoin is also considered to be a financial weapon against an inflation-friendly fiat system. Nakamoto introduced a 21 million supply cap on the digital currency. The finite supply makes bitcoin more scarce than gold, the reason why speculators purchase and sell the digital currency in open markets like any other financial instrument.
The same speculation makes Nakamoto a very rich man, as noted by Worth.com.
Nakamoto is believed to control 980,000 bitcoins—roughly 5 percent of all of the Bitcoin that can ever be mined—giving him a net worth of $19.4 billion at the currency’s high point.