Vitalik Buterin: IT genius, crypto billionaire, philanthropist and king of fashion – he is all this and more. But there are some things that you don’t know about him. And here they are.
Ethereum is a decentralized blockchain system based on smart contracts. These days, most DeFi and NFT projects are built on it. Its native token – ether (ETH) – is widely known as the second-largest digital currency in terms of capitalization on the crypto market.
But who is behind this project?
Vitalik Dmitrievich Buterin is a man of paradox. He is a world-famous genius who dropped out of school. An ardent opponent of centralization, Buterin was triggered by injustice in the game World of Warcraft. And he put that into action in his remarkable life.
He is just a humble guy who so often becomes the hero of memes.
Want to get to know him better?
Vitalik Buterin: The “math genius” who hated corporations
The future co-founder of Ethereum was born on January 31, 1994 in Kolomna, Moscow. When little Vitalik was six years old, his family emigrated to Canada in search of a better life. His father, Dmitry Buterin, is also a programmer and computer scientist. He instilled in his son an interest in the IT field from early childhood, which eventually transformed into an interest in cryptocurrency technology.
And Dmitry’s efforts were not in vain. From the age of three, the boy showed success in mathematics. Being in the third grade, he already freely operated with three-digit numbers. Apart from mathematics, Vitalik also showed an early aptitude for economics and programming.
Vitalik seemed strange to classmates and even teachers at an elementary school in Canada. He stood out from his peers. He was eventually sent to study under a special program for gifted children. The “math genius,” as he was called, was not particularly sociable.
But one should not assume that Buterin was born a brilliant mathematician/programmer/economist and devoted all his time to education. Not at all – simple human joys were not alien to him. For example, he was a massive enthusiast of the computer game World of Warcraft (WOW), which he enjoyed playing for several years.
In 2010, one incident completely changed the vector of his life. Blizzard Games released a global update. It was this update that caused Buterin to lose all of the achievements and skills he had obtained. It left Buterin with the idea that life can be cruel, corporations are evil, and centralization is the enemy.
Vitalik Buterin: Early Wins
Buterin went to the Canadian University of Waterloo, where he attended several advanced courses in computer science. At the same time, his interest in the new crypto technology grew. He was interested, but not yet one of the faithful. At first, the creator of the second main cryptocurrency was skeptical about the idea of digital assets. However, as he himself comments:
“If you have heard about something twice, then you should spend time on it and study a little more.”
The emerging crypto industry of the early 10s had a very tiny community of enthusiasts, of which Buterin then ventured to become a part. In 2011, he began to spend a lot of time on crypto forums, where he acquired many useful contacts with like-minded people.
The idea of cryptocurrencies and their decentralized architecture, not subject to external corporate control, attracted Vitalik. Buterin jumped at the chance of a job that would be paid in tokens.
Vitalik woked as a copywriter, and each article he wrote brought him 5 BTC. In the same year, he co-founded Bitcoin Magazine, which was publ
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