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13 September, 2016 -Shanghai, China --Story on Crypto-currency. Vitalik Buterin created his own digital currency called Etherium. - PHOTO: Vitalik Buterin.--Photographer: Julie Glassberg for Fortune.13 September, 2016 -Shanghai, China --Story on Crypto-currency. Vitalik Buterin created his own digital currency called Etherium. - PHOTO: Vitalik Buterin.--Photographer: Julie Glassberg for Fortune.
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Vitalik Buterin

  • Age
    24
  • Title
    Creator
  • Company
    Ethereum

Buterin describes his open-source blockchain platform Ethereum as a “world computer.” The skinny visionary’s experiment, which began as a white paper, now has a market valuation of about $48 billion, making it the second-most-valuable crypto network next to Bitcoin. Ethereum caught a lucky break this year when the SEC said it would not regulate Ether, the network’s native coin, as a security. Rumor has it Google recently tried to hire Buterin to lead its own whispered crypto endeavors, but he declined.

(Also No. 22 on the main Fortune 40 Under 40 list.)

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