Charles Hoskinson ridiculed CoinDesk’s annual list of the Most Influential People in the Cryptocurrency World. Every year, CoinDesk recognizes individuals who are advancing the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. Buterin has topped this list four times already. Buterin first appeared on it in 2014, thanks to his fundamental contribution to the development of smart contracts. The anonymous creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, has also appeared in CoinDesk’s rankings multiple times.
Individuals who have already appeared twice on the CoinDesk list include Yearn.Finance creator Andre Cronje, Bitcoin supporter Andreas Antonopoulos, Coinbase crypto exchange CEO Brian Armstrong, former CEO of the largest crypto exchange Binance Changpeng Zhao (Changpeng Zhao), one of the first Bitcoin developers Gavin Andresen and the founder of the social network X (formerly Twitter) Jack Dorsey.
Previously, this honorable list included leaders of crypto projects who are now solving problems with law enforcement agencies. This is the founder of the collapsed Terra project, Do Kwon, and the former CEO of the bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried. So Hoskinson fears that being on the list carries an 18% chance of prosecution and imprisonment. According to his observations, many prominent figures who appear on the CoinDesk list several times have faced legal problems. Hoskinson suggested that the same fate could await Vitalik Buterin.
Fast Fact: appearing on Coindesk’s most influential list carries an 18 percent chance of a prison sentence https://t.co/SdAOqcPOPQ
— Charles Hoskinson (@IOHK_Charles) December 3, 2023
Some members of the crypto community responded to Hoskinson that he could be envied because he was not on this list. Other users wrote that CoinDesk is biased towards the Cardano project, doubting that it has made significant contributions to the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Still others argue that Hoskinson is deliberately overlooking Buterin’s achievements, as there has long been tension between the Cardano founder and the Ethereum community.
Last year, Hoskinson took umbrage with CoinDesk for not ranking him among the top 100 most influential people in the cryptocurrency industry, and for not mentioning him in surveys in eight years.
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