As cryptocurrencies continue to attract mainstream and traditional investors, the digital currencies are also breaking into famous listings know to award young up and coming moguls.
Coinbase’s CEO Brian Armstrong is the newest cryptocurrencies player to join Fortune’s 40 under 40 list. Armstrong is in some good company as he finds himself next to Ethereum creator, 23-year old Vitalik Buterin. The young Russian debuted on the list last year already.
The 40 Under 40 list contains the names of the world’s most influential young people in business. The 2017 list had names such as French President Emmanuel Macron and tennis superstar Serena Williams.
This year’s list has the usual big hitters like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at number two and Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom at number one. What particularly catches the eye this time around is the presence of a cluster of cryptocurrency industry figures placed relatively high up for the first time.
Coinbase co-founder Brian Armstrong comes in at number 20, one spot ahead of Rihanna. Perhaps even more significantly, number 22 and number 24 are occupied by Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin and Robinhood founder Vlad Tenev, respectively.
Fortune says that Armstrong plans on making Coinbase “the Google of crypto” and “as relevant to the next wave of the web as Google was to the last.” Recognising that 2017’s bull run had “catapulted [Coinbase] into the mainstream,” Fortune say that the trading platform is now diversifying by “investing in upstarts and making acquisitions—including one that secured it a path to several tantalizing financial licenses.”
Buterin made it onto the list last year when Ethereum’s market cap was just $1 bln, now, in his second year, the market cap of Ethereum sits at $30 bln.
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