15 players in the crypto world made it to the 2022 Forbes ’30 under 30’ list. The list which is a compilation of 600 people aged 30 and under from a total of 20 categories, such as finance, gaming and music, featured 15 crypto business leaders in its 2022 North American list.
Last year had notable alumni from the cryptocurrency space including FTX and Alameda Research founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, and Brian Tubergen, co-founder of United States-based initial token offering and exchange platform, CoinList.
This is a 50% increase from last year as only 10 crypto business leaders made the list in the previous edition. This also reflects a growing trend of crypto acceptance in mainstream media.
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The category featuring the most crypto leaders (11) was “Finance,” which included big names like Clinton Bembry, founder of decentralized finance-based trading platform Slingshot; Tegan Kline, co-founder of blockchain data indexing protocol Edge & Node; and Roneil Rumburg, co-founder and CEO of blockchain-based streaming service Audius.
Outside of Finance, PleasrDao’s Yang was named under the “Art” category for her work in acquiring impressive nonfungible token collections, such as Edward Snowden’s first drop for 2,224 Ether (ETH) in April ($10.1 million at current prices).
Blockworks co-founders Michael Ippolito and Jason Yanowitz were also included in the “Media” category for their efforts in crypto journalism.
OpenSea co-founder Alex Atallah and Alamada Research co-CEOs Caroline Ellison and Sam Trabucco also made the list.
Last month, seven crypto founders made the Australian Financial Review’s annual list of richest entrepreneurs aged 40 and under.
Forbes’ richest billionaires list of 2021 from April also featured 13 crypto leaders, representing a 3x increase compared to the year prior. According to Forbes, this year’s list was able to raise over a billion dollars combined.