The Hurun Global Rich List was released this week, featuring five cryptocurrency billionaires. 

Hurun also names blockchain the “fastest-growing new industry” in the world, despite an epic bear market wiping out crypto market value in 2018.

The five blockchain billionaires include individuals from Ripple, Coinbase, Binance, and Bitmain. Let’s see how they amassed their fortunes.

1. Micree Zhan Ketuan (Bitmain) – $2.7 Billion

Bitmain co-founder Micree Zhan Ketuan | Source: Twitter

Micree Zhan Ketuan is the co-founder of cryptocurrency mining giant Bitmain. He holds a 36.58 percent stake in the company compared to his co-founder Wu Jihan’s 20.5 percent.

Zhan Ketuan is credited for running the technical aspects of Bitmain while Wu is the public face of the company.

Bitmain operates two of the world’s biggest bitcoin mining pools, BTC.com and Antpool. It’s also the largest supplier of bitcoin mining equipment.

Bitmain was scheduled to launch its initial public offering (IPO) last year with a company value of $14 billion. Thanks to the prolonged bear market, however, the IPO is now in doubt and the valuation is now likely much lower.

2. Chris Larsen (Ripple) – $1.5 Billion

Chris Larsen co-founded Ripple with Jed McCaleb back in 2012. He has a stake of at least 5.2 billion XRP, worth roughly $1.6 billion at the time of writing. (The Hurun Rich List reports a lower value due to its snapshot on January 2019).

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