The Top 10 Most Influential People in the Bitcoin Space

Top 10 most influential people in crypto

Since 2009, the cryptocurrency industry has grown to a near $2 trillion market size, with thousands of projects offering digital asset products and services.

Despite its 13 years of history, Bitcoin has maintained its status quo as the world’s oldest functional cryptocurrency, securing its spot as the top digital asset by market capitalization that features a little less than 42% of the whole market share as of March 3, 2022.

Interestingly, while Bitcoin’s mysterious creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, chose to be hidden from the public’s prying eyes and has been inactive for several years, the community has remained in charge of the cryptocurrency’s blockchain network.

During these years, many prominent members have emerged from the community and have grown to become influential voices shaping Bitcoin’s future development, adoption, and infrastructure.

Join us today to learn who they are as we explore the top 10 most influential people behind Bitcoin. Let’s see them!

1. PlanB

As a former institutional investor featuring 25 years of financial market experience and quantitative finance background, PlanB has become famous in the BTC community for creating the popular Bitcoin Stock-to-Flow (S2F) model in March 2019.

To recap, the BTC S2F model leverages and adapts the traditional Stock-to-Flow model used in the commodity sector to calculate the scarcity of Bitcoin by dividing its total supply (stock) by its annual production (flow).

As a major proponent of Bitcoin, PlanB leverages BTC valuation models for on-chain analysis and investment strategies and regularly shares his valuable insights with the community. Interestingly, he is also the developer of the Stock-to-Flow Cross Asset (S2FX) model, which includes silver, diamond, gold, and real estate data.

2. Jack Dorsey

As the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter as well as the founder and CEO of Block, the fintech and digital asset payments firm formerly known as Square, Jack Dorsey has been a loud supporter of Bitcoin. In fact, many have called him a “Bitcoin maximalist” due to his pro-BTC and anti-altcoin views.

During his last few years as Twitter’s CEO, we have seen quite some crypto adoption from both the social media platform and Block, under his guidance.

In addition to introducing BTC tips over the Lightning Network on Twitter in September, Block has been playing an important role in the LN’s development and adoption. The fintech company has facilitated BTC’s integration with the Cash App and other services offered by the company.

Interestingly, when he announced his departure as Twitter’s CEO, Dorsey stated that he would focus most of his attention on Block – and analysts expect the fintech firm to put a much more significant emphasis on crypto and Bitcoin after its recent rebranding from Square.

3. Nayib Bukele

Salvadorian president Nayib Bukele has become a superstar in the crypto community after announcing that his government planned to make Bitcoin legal tender in El Salvador.

The hype around him got a major boost after the Latin American nation’s BTC law passed in Congress and later on went into effect in September 2021.

It’s no question Bukele is a critical person in the Bitcoin space. In addition to being a huge proponent, he helped El Salvador become the first nation in the world to include BTC as one of the two national currencies of a jurisdiction (USD is the other national currency of El Salvador).

Despite the fact that critics consider Bukele a populist accused of governing in a somewhat authoritarian manner and the president facing some opposition at home due to his rushed implementation of the Bitcoin law, he is quite active in the BTC community.

As the person famous for buying the dip after each major market fall, Bukele sees big plans for the world’s largest cryptocurrency in El Salvador, including the upcoming “Bitcoin City” at the base of a volcano, geothermal coin mining plants, and a BTC-based bond.

4. Michael Saylor

Michael Saylor‘s name was relatively unknown for crypto community members until recently.

Saylor, the co-founder and chief executive of the US-based business intelligence company MicroStrategy, has become a prominent member of the digital asset space after acquiring huge amounts of BTC with his firm.

Since MicroStrategy’s first purchase in 2020, the Saylor-led company has bought BTC on numerous new occasions, which eventually made it the largest publicly-traded organization to hold Bitcoin (the firm holds more than 125,000 BTC with a current value of nearly $5.5 billion).

Saylor has also been known for his work as a Bitcoin pioneer. He has managed to convince fellow executives of publicly-traded companies to store a portion of their balance sheets in Bitcoin, which he sees as programmable digital energy and virtual property that moves “at the speed of light” and “will last forever.”

5. Cathie Wood

Cathie Wood is the CEO and CIO of Ark Invest, a US-based investment management firm with $50 billion worth of assets under management.

With her company managing multiple ETFs centered around innovation, Wood is a well-known Bitcoin bull that once predicted that the cryptocurrency’s price will reach $1 million by 2030.

Interestingly, she remained a strong supporter of Bitcoin – citing the cryptocurrency’s resilience and decentralization as well as adoption in El Salvador – even after the trending Web3 movement and the rising DeFi and NFT sectors.

6. The Winklevoss Twins

Funnily enough, we have included the Winklevoss Twins – namely Tyler Winklevoss and Cameron Winklevoss – as a single person on our list, as they do most of their ventures in the crypto world together.

After their infamous lawsuit with Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the Winklevoss Twins have found their success in the cryptocurrency space by launching the Gemini digital asset exchange and making over 20 crypto-focused investments via Winklevoss Capital.

Interestingly, the brothers were among the earliest adopters of Bitcoin and had invested $10 million in Bitcoin in 2012, which helped increase their net worth to $6 billion by April 2021.

7. Jack Mallers

While he has been an active member of the crypto space since 2013, Jack Mallers‘ journey in the industry took a serious turn in 2017 when he founded Zap, a Bitcoin investments and payments company focused mainly on the development of the Lightning Network.

With over 20 people on the team, $3.5 million of secured funding, and a partnership with Visa, the Mallers-led Zap is the creator of the Zap Lightning Wallet app and the Strike fintech solution, with the latter gaining increased traction after its contributions to El Salvador’s BTC infrastructure.

8. Saifedean Ammous

Dr. Saifedean Ammous is a prominent economist as well as the founder and CEO of saifedean.com. He earned the respect of the crypto community after publishing his famous book “The Bitcoin Standard,” which we have listed earlier as one of the must-reads for digital asset enthusiasts.

As an early supporter of the cryptocurrency, Ammous introduces the readers of The Bitcoin Standard to an alternative, more efficient financial system that is increasingly based on BTC as well as its deflationary properties and scarcity.

9. Anthony Pompliano

As an entrepreneur and investor managing a portfolio of over $500 million in early-stage tech companies, Anthony Pompliano – also called “Pomp” in the crypto community- is a loud advocate of Bitcoin and a critic of the existing traditional financial system.

He is also the host of the popular crypto- and business-themed Pomp Podcast. With his shows and newsletter subscription, Pomp produces good amounts of high-quality educational content and explores exciting social, economic, and political topics related mainly to BTC.

10. Willy Woo

For those looking for comprehensive on-chain Bitcoin analysis, market forecasts, and investment signals, Willy Woo is an excellent source who regularly publishes his findings on Twitter and via paid newsletter (subscribers can sign up via his website).

We also recommend checking out woobull.com, Woo’s other website where you can access a wide variety of charts, infographics, and blockchain data along with research and articles about the crypto market.

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