The Harvard-educated Garlinghouse has a sterling mainstream tech pedigree—previously working at firms like AOL and Yahoo—and is now CEO of Ripple, the startup that hopes to create blockchain technology for big banks.
Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse Has A Nine-Figure Fortune From XRP
Crypto Net Worth: $400 million-$500 million*
This Harvard M.B.A. has a sterling mainstream tech pedigree: CEO at Hightail (formerly YouSendIt), president of consumer applications at AOL and a senior vice president at Yahoo. As Ripple CEO, Garlinghouse, 47, has a 6.3% stake in Ripple the company — but that’s not how he makes our list. Though Ripple controls 61.3 billion XRP, holdings that total $95 billion in value, Ripple’s own venture capitalists value the company at only $410 million. Like so many operators on this list, it’s his personal stash of XRP coins, confirmed “in the nine figures,” that gets him here.
*All cryptocurrency/U.S. dollar conversions are as of January 19, 2018.