Top People

The Worldnewstalk Top 50

Welcome to the first-ever Worldnewstalk Top 50. We’re rolling into the new decade by sharing our list of the most important and influential people in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world!
It’s a decidedly community-oriented list and ranking. We decided not to focus on who brought crypto to the mainstream, but rather who has been active in building this space that we all love. This list is also entirely subjective, decided upon collectively by worldnewstalk’s editors. Someone’s inclusion or ranking also doesn’t necessarily mean they are our favorite people, that we endorse them or that we agree with everything they say. But we acknowledge their importance to the community and to this future that we are all building together.
Our guiding questions are:
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#1

Changpeng Zhao

CEO
of Binance

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#2

David Marcus

Head
of Calibra at Facebook

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Kelly Loeffler

Former CEO of Bakkt, U.S. senator for Georgia

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#4

Pavel Durov

Founder and CEO of Telegram

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Brian Armstrong

Co-founder and CEO of Coinbase

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Joseph Lubin

Co-founder of Ethereum, founder of ConsenSys

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#7

Elizabeth Stark

CEO
of Lightning Labs

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#8

Brad Garlinghouse

CEO
of Ripple

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#9

Justin Sun

Founder of Tron, CEO of Bittorrent, Inc.

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#10

Jack Dorsey

Founder and CEO of Twitter and Square

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Michael Novogratz

Founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital

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#12

Charlie Lee

Creator of Litecoin, Managing Director at Litecoin Foundation

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Jihan Wu

Co-founder and CEO of Bitmain

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Cameron Winklevoss

Co-founder and president of Gemini, principal of Winklevoss Capital

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#15

Tyler Winklevoss

Co-founder and CEO of Gemini, principal of Winklevoss Capital

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#16

Roger Ver

Executive chairman at Bitcoin.com

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Barry Silbert

Founder and CEO of Grayscale Investments and Digital Currency Group

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#18

Andreas Antonopoulos

Speaker, host of the podcast "Let's Talk Bitcoin

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#19

Bobby Lee

Founder
and CEO of Ballet

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#20

Da Hongfei

Founder of Neo, founder and CEO of OnChain

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#21

Caitlin Long

Chair
of WyoHackathon

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#22

David Chaum

CEO
of Elixxir

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#23

Rune Christensen

Founder
of MakerDAO

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#24

Brandon Chez

Founder and CEO of CoinMarketCap

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Arthur Hayes

Founder and CEO
of BitMEX

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JL Van Der Velde

CEO
of Bitfinex

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#27

Jesse Powell

Founder and CEO
of Kraken

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#28

Heath Tarbert

Chairman and chief executive of the CFTC

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#29

Meltem Demirors

Chief Strategy Officer
at CoinShares

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#30

Ted Livingston

Founder & CEO at Kik, Founder at KIN Foundation

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#31

Spencer Bogart

General partner of Blockchain Capital

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Sunny King

Chief architect
at V Systems

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Tim Draper

Stanford University, Harvard Business School

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Jake Chervinsky

General Counsel at Compound Finance

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Christine Lagarde

President of the European Central Bank, former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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Mati Greenspan

Founder of Quantum Economics

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Lionel Wallace

CEO of Moom Group

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Charles Hoskinson

Founder and CEO of IOHK

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Andy Cheung

Co-Founder & CEO at BitWork

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#40

Jimmy Song

Instructor at Programming Blockchain

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Adam Back

Co-Founder & CEO at Blockstream

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Jed McCaleb

Founder of Stellar Development Foundation

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John Michael Lobo

CEO of Musashi Finance

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#44

Mike Kayamori

Founder & CEO at Quoine and Liquid

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Ryan Selkis

Founder & CEO
at Messari

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Jameson Lopp

Co-Founder & CTO at Casa

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#47

Charlie Shrem

Founder at CryptoIQ, Host of Untold Stories podcast

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#48

Mance Harmon

Co-founder and CEO of Hedera Hashgraph and Swirlds Inc.

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Jeff Garzik

Co-founder and CEO of Bloq, founder of Spacechain

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#50

Nejc Kodrič

CEO
at Bitstamp

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