The Cointelegraph Top 100

Welcome to the Cointelegraph Top 100 Notable People in Blockchain in 2021, selected by the editorial team at the world’s best-read crypto media outlet.

Our list this year has been determined by the choices that influenced our industry in 2020. While we may not agree with these choices, or endorse those who made them, these are the people who made a difference to the crypto industry in 2020 — and who will guide the direction of the sector in 2021.

Any Top 100 list will be defined as much by those who don’t appear, as by those who do. But whether your favorite futurists are included this year or not, we hope it provides a thought-provoking snapshot of the most notable people in crypto at the dawn of the age of mass adoption.

Highlights for 2021:

  • 75 new entrants demonstrate the fast pace of the blockchain industry
  • Only five of last year’s Top Ten, and ten of last year’s Top Twenty make the 2021 list
  • 24% of our Top 50 in blockchain are women, up from 10% in 2020

 

  • #11

    Anthony Pompliano

    Co-founder and partner of Morgan Creek Digital
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    Anthony Pompliano & Co-founder and partner of Morgan Creek Digital
  • #12

    Vitalik Buterin

    Co-founder of Ethereum
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    Vitalik Buterin & Co-founder of Ethereum
  • #13

    Brian Brooks

    Former acting comptroller of the currency of the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
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    Brian Brooks & Former acting comptroller of the currency of the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • #14

    Jesse Powell

    Co-founder and CEO of Kraken
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    Jesse Powell & Co-founder and CEO of Kraken
  • #15

    Gavin Wood

    Co-founder of Polkadot
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    Gavin Wood & Co-founder of Polkadot
  • #16

    Jack Dorsey

    Co-founder and CEO of Twitter, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Square
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    Jack Dorsey & Co-founder and CEO of Twitter, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Square
  • #17

    Edward Moncada

    Co-founder and CEO of Blockfolio
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    Edward Moncada & Co-founder and CEO of Blockfolio
  • #18

    Ria Bhutoria

    Director of research at Fidelity Digital Assets
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    Ria Bhutoria & Director of research at Fidelity Digital Assets
  • #19

    Gary Gensler

    Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
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    Gary Gensler & Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • #20

    Museum of Crypto Art

    Virtual crypto art museum
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    Museum of Crypto Art & Virtual crypto art museum
  • #21

    Paul Tudor Jones

    Founder and chief investment officer of Tudor Investment Corporation
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    Paul Tudor Jones & Founder and chief investment officer of Tudor Investment Corporation
  • #22

    Kristin Smith

    Executive director of the Blockchain Association
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    Kristin Smith & Executive director of the Blockchain Association
  • #23

    Xi Jinping

    President of the People’s Republic of China
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    Xi Jinping & President of the People's Republic of China
  • #24

    Sergey Nazarov

    Co-founder and CEO of SmartContract, Co-founder at Chainlink
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    Sergey Nazarov & Co-founder and CEO of SmartContract, Co-founder at Chainlink
  • #25

    Hester Peirce

    SEC commissioner
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    Hester Peirce & SEC commissioner
  • #26

    Camila Russo

    Founder of The Defiant and author of “The Infinite Machine”
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    Camila Russo & Founder of The Defiant and author of "The Infinite Machine"
  • #27

    Robert Leshner

    Founder and CEO of Compound Labs
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    Robert Leshner & Founder and CEO of Compound Labs
  • #28

    Pieter Wuille

    Engineer at Chaincode Labs, Bitcoin Core developer, former co-founder and core engineer of Blockstream
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    Pieter Wuille & Engineer at Chaincode Labs, Bitcoin Core developer, former co-founder and core engineer of Blockstream
  • #29

    Abigail Johnson

    Chairman and CEO of Fidelity Investments
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    Abigail Johnson & Chairman and CEO of Fidelity Investments
  • #30

    Bobby Ong

    Co-founder and chief operating officer of CoinGecko
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    Bobby Ong & Co-founder and chief operating officer of CoinGecko
  • #31

    Denelle Dixon

    CEO and executive director of the Stellar Development Foundation
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    Denelle Dixon & CEO and executive director of the Stellar Development Foundation
  • #32

    Dan Schulman

    President and CEO of PayPal
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    Dan Schulman & President and CEO of PayPal
  • #33

    Kain Warwick

    Founder of Synthetix
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    Kain Warwick & Founder of Synthetix
  • #34

    Akon

    Musician
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    Akon & Musician
  • #35

    Dawn Song

    Co-founder and CEO of Oasis Labs
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    Dawn Song & Co-founder and CEO of Oasis Labs
  • #36

    Changpeng Zhao

    Founder and CEO of Binance
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    Changpeng Zhao & Founder and CEO of Binance
  • #37

    Dan Morehead

    Founder, CEO and co-chief investment officer of Pantera Capital
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    Dan Morehead & Founder, CEO and co-chief investment officer of Pantera Capital
  • #38

    Raoul Pal

    Co-founder and CEO of Real Vision
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    Raoul Pal & Co-founder and CEO of Real Vision
  • #39

    Samczsun

    Security researcher
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    Samczsun & Security researcher
  • #40

    Anil Lulla

    Co-founder and chief operating officer of Delphi Digital
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    Anil Lulla & Co-founder and chief operating officer of Delphi Digital
  • #41

    Ryan Selkis

    Founder and CEO of Messari
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    Ryan Selkis & Founder and CEO of Messari
  • #42

    Tyler Winklevoss

    Co-founder and CEO of Gemini
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    Tyler Winklevoss & Co-founder and CEO of Gemini
  • #43

    Cameron Winklevoss

    Co-founder and president of Gemini
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    Cameron Winklevoss & Co-founder and president of Gemini
  • #44

    Sheila Warren

    Head of data, blockchain and digital assets at the World Economic Forum
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    Sheila Warren & Head of data, blockchain and digital assets at the World Economic Forum
  • #45

    Thomas Walton-Pocock

    Co-founder and CEO of Aztec
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    Thomas Walton-Pocock & Co-founder and CEO of Aztec
  • #46

    U.S. Marshals Service

    Auctioneer of $1 billion in BTC seized from Silk Road
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    U.S. Marshals Service & Auctioneer of $1 billion in BTC seized from Silk Road
  • #47

    Mike Novogratz

    Founder, chairman and CEO of Galaxy Digital
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    Mike Novogratz & Founder, chairman and CEO of Galaxy Digital
  • #48

    Elizabeth Stark

    Co-founder and CEO of Lightning Labs
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    Elizabeth Stark & Co-founder and CEO of Lightning Labs
  • #49

    Alexandre Dreyfus

    Founder and CEO of Chiliz and Socios
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    Alexandre Dreyfus & Founder and CEO of Chiliz and Socios
  • #50

    Laura Shin

    Host of “Unchained” and “Unconfirmed”
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    Laura Shin & Host of "Unchained" and "Unconfirmed"
  • #51

    Degen Spartan

    DeFi Twitter influencer
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    Degen Spartan & DeFi Twitter influencer
  • #52

    Brendan Eich

    Co-founder and CEO of Brave
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    Brendan Eich & Co-founder and CEO of Brave
  • #53

    Kathryn Haun

    General partner of Andreessen Horowitz
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    Kathryn Haun & General partner of Andreessen Horowitz
  • #54

    Christine Lagarde

    President of the European Central Bank
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    Christine Lagarde & President of the European Central Bank
  • #55

    David Marcus

    Co-creator of Diem and head of Facebook Financial
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    David Marcus & Co-creator of Diem and head of Facebook Financial
  • #56

    Rune Christensen

    Founder of MakerDAO and CEO of the Maker Foundation
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    Rune Christensen & Founder of MakerDAO and CEO of the Maker Foundation
  • #57

    Danny Ryan

    Ethereum 2.0 researcher at Ethereum Foundation
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    Danny Ryan & Ethereum 2.0 researcher at Ethereum Foundation
  • #58

    Jed McCaleb

    Co-founder and chief architect at the Stellar Development Foundation
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    Jed McCaleb & Co-founder and chief architect at the Stellar Development Foundation
  • #59

    0xMaki

    Co-founder and core contributor at SushiSwap
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    0xMaki & Co-founder and core contributor at SushiSwap
  • #60

    Joey Krug

    Co-chief investment officer of Pantera Capital and core developer of Augur
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    Joey Krug & Co-chief investment officer of Pantera Capital and core developer of Augur
  • #61

    Willy Woo

    Independent analyst
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    Willy Woo & Independent analyst
  • #62

    Stani Kulechov

    Founder and CEO of Aave
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    Stani Kulechov & Founder and CEO of Aave
  • #63

    Alex Mashinsky

    Co-founder, chairman and CEO of Celsius Network
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    Alex Mashinsky & Co-founder, chairman and CEO of Celsius Network
  • #64

    WhalePanda

    Twitter influencer and co-host of “Magical Crypto Friends”
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    WhalePanda & Twitter influencer and co-host of "Magical Crypto Friends"
  • #65

    Linda Xie

    Co-founder and managing director of Scalar Capital
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    Linda Xie & Co-founder and managing director of Scalar Capital
  • #66

    Jason Williams

    Author of “Bitcoin: Hard Money You Can’t F*ck With” and co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital
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    Jason Williams & Author of "Bitcoin: Hard Money You Can't F*ck With" and co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital
  • #67

    Alessandro Chiesa

    Co-founder of Zcash, and co-founder and chief scientist of StarkWare
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    Alessandro Chiesa & Co-founder of Zcash, and co-founder and chief scientist of StarkWare
  • #68

    Dan Held

    Growth lead at Kraken
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    Dan Held & Growth lead at Kraken
  • #69

    Joshua Frank

    Co-founder and CEO of The Tie
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    Joshua Frank & Co-founder and CEO of The Tie
  • #70

    Yoni Assia

    Founder and CEO of eToro
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    Yoni Assia & Founder and CEO of eToro
  • #71

    0x223034EDbe95823c1160C16F26E3000315171cA9

    Eminence hacker
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    0x223034EDbe95823c1160C16F26E3000315171cA9 & Eminence hacker
  • #72

    Tim Draper

    Founder Draper Associates and Draper Fisher Jurvetson
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    Tim Draper & Founder Draper Associates and Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • #73

    Michael Sonnenshein

    CEO of Grayscale Investments
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    Michael Sonnenshein & CEO of Grayscale Investments
  • #74

    Kyle Kistner

    Co-founder of bZx
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    Kyle Kistner & Co-founder of bZx
  • #75

    Star Xu

    CEO of OK Group
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    Star Xu & CEO of OK Group
  • #76

    Adam Back

    Co-founder and CEO of Blockstream
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    Adam Back & Co-founder and CEO of Blockstream
  • #77

    Spencer Dinwiddie

    Professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets
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    Spencer Dinwiddie & Professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets
  • #78

    Sebastien Borget

    Co-founder and chief operating officer of The Sandbox, and president of the Blockchain Gaming Alliance
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    Sebastien Borget & Co-founder and chief operating officer of The Sandbox, and president of the Blockchain Gaming Alliance
  • #79

    Scott Melker

    Host of “The Wolf of All Streets”
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    Scott Melker & Host of "The Wolf of All Streets"
  • #80

    Yat Siu

    Co-founder and chairman of Animoca Brands
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    Yat Siu & Co-founder and chairman of Animoca Brands
  • #81

    Marco Santori

    Chief legal officer of Kraken
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    Marco Santori & Chief legal officer of Kraken
  • #82

    Dan Schatt

    Co-founder and CEO of Cred
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    Dan Schatt & Co-founder and CEO of Cred
  • #83

    Vlad Tenev

    Co-founder and CEO of Robinhood
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    Vlad Tenev & Co-founder and CEO of Robinhood
  • #84

    Joseph Lubin

    Founder of ConsenSys and co-founder of Ethereum
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    Joseph Lubin & Founder of ConsenSys and co-founder of Ethereum
  • #85

    Alex Wilson

    Co-founder of The Giving Block
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    Alex Wilson & Co-founder of The Giving Block
  • #86

    Michael Anderson

    Co-founder of Framework Ventures
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    Michael Anderson & Co-founder of Framework Ventures
  • #87

    Matt Kane

    Artist
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    Matt Kane & Artist
  • #88

    Paolo Ardoino

    Chief technology officer of Bitfinex and Tether
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    Paolo Ardoino & Chief technology officer of Bitfinex and Tether
  • #89

    Kevin Chou

    Co-founder and CEO of Rally
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    Kevin Chou & Co-founder and CEO of Rally
  • #90

    Ran Neuner

    Host of “Crypto Banter” and CNBC’s “Crypto Trader”
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    Ran Neuner & Host of "Crypto Banter" and CNBC's "Crypto Trader"
  • #91

    Anthony Albanese

    Operating partner of crypto practice at Andreessen Horowitz
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    Anthony Albanese & Operating partner of crypto practice at Andreessen Horowitz
  • #92

    Andrew Levine

    CEO of Koinos Group
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    Andrew Levine & CEO of Koinos Group
  • #93

    3LAU

    DJ and electronic dance music producer
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    3LAU & DJ and electronic dance music producer
  • #94

    Kevin Abosch

    Artist
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    Kevin Abosch & Artist
  • #95

    Molly Wintermute

    Founder of Hegic
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    Molly Wintermute & Founder of Hegic
  • #96

    William Shatner

    Actor, author, musician and starship captain
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    William Shatner & Actor, author, musician and starship captain
  • #97

    Mati Greenspan

    Founder of Quantum Economics
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    Mati Greenspan & Founder of Quantum Economics
  • #98

    Alex Tapscott

    Author and educator
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    Alex Tapscott & Author and educator
  • #99

    Ki Young Ju

    CEO of CryptoQuant
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    Ki Young Ju & CEO of CryptoQuant
  • #100

    Lyn Alden Schwartzer

    Founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy
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    Lyn Alden Schwartzer & Founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy