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Inside the Hunt for the Mysterious $73 Billion Bitcoin Founder

NEVER since Bitcoin began trading in 2008, its mysterious creator has never been identified.

Rumor has it that a reclusive Japanese computer scientist named Satoshi Nakamoto invent electronic money.

Craig Wright Says His Recent Court Case Proved He Was The Only Bitcoin Creator

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Craig Wright Says His Recent Court Case Proved He Was The Only Bitcoin CreatorCredit: AP
Tesla Billionaire Elon Musk Is Rumored To Be The First Cryptocurrency Creator

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Tesla Billionaire Elon Musk Is Rumored To Be The First Cryptocurrency CreatorCredit: Reuters

Others speculate Nakamoto is in fact a pseudonym of the real inventor with his name translated as “in the center of”.

Now, a wealthy Australian businessman has claimed a court case has proven he is the sole inventor of currency.

Craig Wright51-year-old from Brisbane says he is the owner of the alleged Nakamoto 1.1 million Bitcoins – is now worth almost £53 billion.

He has been ordered to pay £70m in compensatory damages to the family of his deceased friend David Kleinman.

Kleiman’s family accused Craig of telling them he created Bitcoin with David – something Craig denies.

He has now said he will give a portion of his Bitcoin fortune to charity in a transaction that can be viewed publicly to prove his identity.

Craig, who has Aspergers syndrome and is said to only sleep four hours a night, is the only person to publicly claim to be the inventor of Bitcoin.

The other main suspects have denied it – here we reveal who they are.

Tesla Billionaire Elon Musk

Controversial Musk earned his fortune through Tesla electric car company, PayPal and Space X.

The South African is one of the richest men in the world – but fans say he could be even richer than he is allowing.

A former Space X intern Sahil Gupta wrote a blog post in 2017, saying that Musk “could be” the creator of Bitcoin.

He wrote: “Satoshi is probably Elon.”

But Musk hit back in a tweet, denying that he is the mysterious founder and saying he has lost his only Bitcoin.

He wrote: “Not true. A friend sent me part of BTC a few years ago, but I don’t know where it is”.

Musk’s company Tesla has championed Bitcoin – buy 1.5 billion dollars and promise to accept currency for cars.

Through their aggressive PR for crypto this February, the price of one bitcoin up 16% nearly 34,000 pounds.

The Medium website speculates that only Elon would have named himself Satoshih Nakamoto – a semantic inversion of “so a man considered **t”.

International Criminal Paul le Roux

Dark web drug dealer Paul le Roux was jailed last year for murder

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Dark web drug dealer Paul le Roux was jailed last year for murderCredit: Galeao Airport Security

International drug dealer and convicted murderer Paul le Roux – formerly known as “Jeff Bezos of the dark web” – was once associated with Bitcoin.

The South African is a seasoned programmer who started an online prescription pharmaceutical business before turning to drug smuggling.

Le Roux has raised $300 million from the US opioid crisis by building an online painkiller prescribing business.

With his newfound wealth, he soon built a global crime empire.

His business activities are believed to include the arms trade in Indonesia, the smuggling of cocaine into Australia and the sale of North Korean-made meth.

He was arrested in 2012 for trying to smuggle drugs into the US.

During his 2016 trial, he admitted to ordering and aiding seven killings of his employees and associates.

In Craig Wright’s court case, a footnote containing le Roux’s Wikipedia page was made public – leading to speculation that he was indeed the creator.

Satoshi’s cipher uses English and Commonwealth spellings, such as “colors” that le Roux would do after being raised in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Last year he was jail in 25 years.

Software enthusiast Gavin Andresen

Gavin Andresen has been given the reins by mysterious creator Nakamoto

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Gavin Andresen has been given the reins by mysterious creator NakamotoCredit: Getty

Some reports claim that Nakamoto has given Bitcoin dominance to American developer and programmer Andresen in 2010.

But some believe the technologist actually turned himself in, killing off his false identity.

Andresen founded the Bitcoin Foundation in 2012 to support the development of the coin, leaving his role as software developer in 2014 to focus on his pet project.

Americans officially abandoned Bitcoin in February 2016 and have not been involved in the coin since.

In 2016, Andresen publicly stated that he thought Craig Wright was the creator of Bitcoin.

He say: “I was convinced.”

University professor Vili Lehdonvirta

Finnish professor Vili Lehdonvirta denies being the inventor of Bitcoin

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Finnish professor Vili Lehdonvirta denies being the inventor of BitcoinCredit: YouTube

Finnish scholar Vili was among the first to be shortlisted for a possible Nakamoto in 2011.

New Yorkers named the Oxford University researcher as the inventor of Bitcoin.

They approached the economist after Irish cryptographer Michael Clear told the magazine that Vili matched Satoshi’s profile.

But Lehdonvirta told the magazine: “I would love to say that I am Satoshi, because Bitcoin is very smart.

“But that’s not me.”

The professor has studied Bitcoin but says he is against the anonymous currency.

“The only people who need cash in large denominations right now are criminals,” he said.

Crypto Genius Nick Szabo

Researchers have studied the possibility that Nick Szabo is Satoshi Nakamoto

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Researchers have studied the possibility that Nick Szabo is Satoshi NakamotoCredit: YouTube

Computer scientist Szabo once wrote a proposal for an online currency called “Golden Bits” in 1998 – bears an uncanny resemblance to Bitcoin.

In 2008, technology experts wrote about his blog that he wanted to make Bit Gold a reality.

Linguists studied Szabo’s script and compared it with Nakamoto’s in 2014 and found striking similarities.

The report reads: “None of the authors could have otherwise been anywhere close to a good match.”

He denied the claims in a tweet, wrote: “Not Satoshi, but thank you.”

Elon Musk has a huge influence on the crypto market when he announces that he will no longer accept Bitcoin for Tesla products

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Huynh Nguyen

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