With the rise of something new there are always a few that get on board early on, this is no different with the rise of Bitcoin. Several young entrepreneurs have made huge profits from the cryptocurrency which has seen a huge increase in value in a very short time and is expected to only become more valuable. So who are the 5 people that own the most Bitcoins? Let’s take a look:
1. Charlie Shrem
Co-founder and CEO of BitInstant Charlie Shrem is a Bitcoin millionaire. Recently in the news for being arrested for money laundering, he founded BitInstant with a $10.000 loan from his family. It is estimated that the now 24-year-old entrepreneur has over $14 million worth of Bitcoins, well maybe $13 Million is you take off the $1 million bail he had to pay in order to get out of jail.
2. Roger Ver
Since Roger Ver discovered Bitcoins he has been a major investor in many Bitcoin-related projects. He has invested money infamous Bitcoin payment service Bitpay and another website like Coinlab, Blockchain, and the BitcoinStore. We don’t know exactly how many Bitcoins Roger has but according to Business Week, he is among the top 3. In December he decided to donate over $1 Million worth of BTC to the FEE.
3. Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss
Remember the Winklevoss twins? The guys behind ConnectU which they claim Mark Zuckerberg stole from them and created what eventually became Facebook. The Winklevoss brothers invested in Charlie Shrem’s startup BitInstant and in 2013 they claimed they owned more than 1% of All bitcoins in the world.
4. Mark Karpeles
Being one of the first to invest in a new currency has its risks but can also pay off as Mark Karpeles demonstrates. Being one of the first to trust Bitcoins, he is now among the richest and has founded Mt. Gox the biggest bitcoin exchange platform in the world.
5. Peter Vessenes
CEO of CoinLab Peter Vessenes is the 5th richest Bitcoin user. He founded CoinLab a business that helps other start-ups provide fundamental infrastructure for bitcoin, among those start-ups is Mark Karpeles Mt.Gox.