TOP 10 people who had the most impact on the crypto market in 2019.
The year 2019 was a transition period for the cryptographer. We had a mini-bubble, we got to know a lot of new technological solutions, which may have a positive impact on the market in the future, however, there were no so-called big news. In this list, however, we will introduce you to the 10 most important people in the world of blockchain, who have been the most confused in this space over the last 12 months.
10. Mark Zuckerberg
Not many people are as controversial (also in the cryptic industry) as Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. He was on our list because of Libra. The fact that his portal may want to issue its digital currency started to be mentioned a year ago. It was only in June 2019 that the company confirmed these rumors. Ultimately, LibraCoin is expected to see the light of day in 2020. And perhaps it will be a dot over the “i” for the cryptovalut entry into the mainstream.
9. Justin Sun
Justin Sun ThroneMaker TRON has been the source of endless press reports this year. Above all, his idea to pay as much as $4.6 million for a charity lunch with Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO, Warren Buffet, has been a source of excitement. The plan was ambitious. Gentlemen were to spend some time together, and Sun was then to get the investor to change his critical opinion about the crypto. Lunch was almost over, but it was cancelled by the head of TRON himself. Apparently, for health reasons.
Moreover, TRON as a project is gaining on the market, and even for this reason its creator deserves a place in our top.
8. Xi Jinping
Maybe the President of China Xi Jinping is not the first person who stands in front of your eyes when you hear “blockchain”, but you can’t deny him one thing – he has great influence on the crypto market and their technology itself. His new blockchain policy shows that China can still mess up a lot in this space. Anyway, it’s the few sentences that this policy has said that led to a jump in digital currency prices a few months ago.
7. Andreas Antonopoulos
Andreas Antonopoulos remains one of the most influential figures in the crypto world mainly for being their kind of evangelist. He travels around the world to explain the idea of BTC and how a cryptographer can influence our reality. Last year he strongly criticized Libra, for example, who in his opinion will not really be a cryptographer:
“(…) it can only compete with banks and fiat currencies, but it will not be a threat to Bitcoin.
In his opinion, Facebook’s currency will not really be decentralized, so it is far from the ideal of Bitcoin in his eyes.
6. Craig Wright
Craig Wright is the character you either love or hate. But there are more people who feel this second feeling about him. Much more. This doesn’t change the fact that Wright is one of the most fascinating people who has ever worked in the crypto industry.
This year, as always, he has been controversial. He still thinks he is Satoshi Nakamoto, but now he has to prove it in court. At the time of writing these words, there are many indications that he failed.
Wright is on our list, because he still has influence on the market. It is possible that his further rebellions and the creation of further BTC forks will also affect the market in 2020 and beyond.
5. Andrew Yang
No one doubts that the US presidential election is the most famous election in the world. And luckily we have our man in this race! Yes, Yang is a young businessman and social activist, who in 2019 was applying for the Democratic Party nomination to become its presidential candidate. He wants to fight with Donald Trump himself, which he has… a small chance at. Okay, let’s get this straight. There aren’t any. I’m sure the Democrats will bet on Joe Biden.
But Yang had to be on that list because he’s a politician today who speaks openly about the importance of blockchain in the economy. As part of his campaign, he even published an open letter saying that the US crypto market, ICO and block networks need smart regulation to compete internationally. He describes current regulations in the US as “patchwork” – every state has its own regulations.
4. Christine Lagarde
63-year-old Christine Lagarde – a French politician and lawyer by profession – has already written in our top of the BTC enemies. Today she is head of the European Central Bank (ECB). She has previously served as minister in several governments. She was also the first woman to be Minister of Finance in the G8 countries. From 2011 to 2019 she was Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.
Until now, she was regarded as a sympathiser of the cryptocurrencies. Among her public speeches one can find quite balanced opinions on digital currencies. Only some time ago she changed her mind and started to describe them as “jamming” the current system. However, she remains a very influential person. She has even already decided to issue a digital euro, which European experts are already working on. Even such a decision – maybe not good for BTC – will have a big impact on the whole crypto market.
3. Jack Dorsey
Jack Dorsey is one of the few Silicon Valley veterans who openly supports the crypts. He stands behind the payment application Square and wants to rebuild Twitter, of which he is CEO and creator, so that the portal becomes decentralized. He also sees the potential of BTC in terms of financial inclusion of Africa. In his opinion, cryptocurrencies will have a great impact on developing countries, which have not been reached by traditional banking.
2. Brian Armstrong
Brian Armstrong is the founder and CEO of the largest crypto exchange in the US and the largest depository in the world. This is already an admirable achievement.
His constant work in the development of Coinbase has earned him a place on our list. Also because of his long-term impact on the crypto industry.
1. Changpeng Zhao
The binance top of the podium must have belonged to him. Changpeng Zhao – or CZ – is the head of one of the largest crypto exchanges in the world. We’re talking about Binance, which may turn out to be something like Facebook in the future. Why? It’s simple. The stock exchange is constantly developing and is being expanded with new functionalities. Moreover, it is user-friendly, which is not a standard in this space.
It is worth adding that CZ comes from China and knows this market well. Hence, e.g. during the recent scandal related to the “entry” of Chinese services into the blockchain offices of companies, it cooled down frightened investors and explained that nothing bad is happening.
Previously CZ was known as CTO OKCoin, which already made him one of the loudest names on the crypto scene.
But these are our types. We’d like to know your opinion. Write us in your comments in social media, who you especially appreciate for his activity on the market in 2019.
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