Unlike Satoshi Nakamoto, whose real existence is still in doubt among some people, Vitalik is fairly a public person, and by his 28 years has managed to become one of the most influential figures in the world of cryptocurrencies. It’s no secret that it was his project that created Ethereum. What else do we know about him?
In 2011, Vitalik founded Bitcoin Magazine, which became the only major print publication covering cryptocurrency at that time. Vitalik was only 18 years old at that time.
The name Ethereum was invented by Vitalik himself, inspired by science fiction. He said that he liked the name because of its euphony, and also because the ether is “a hypothetical invisible matter that allows light to exist.” A rather romantic name for a project of the future, isn’t it?
In 2021, Vitalik Buterin became the youngest crypto billionaire in history. However, he did not last long in the status of a billionaire: due to a jump in the exchange rate, the businessman’s fortune decreased by almost 40%.
Also in 2021, Ryoshi, the creator of the Shiba Inu cryptocurrency, took a risky step and sent Vitalik Buterin 505 trillion Shiba Inu coins, making Vitalik the largest holder of this currency. But again, not for long. He sent some of them to charity in India, and “burned” the remaining coins.
Vitalik Buterin is constantly involved in charity work and donates large sums to humanitarian and research projects. In addition to Crypto Covid in India, where the lion’s share of Shiba Inu went, Vitalik supported Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Internet Archive, and Unchain Ukraine.