Vitalik Buterin

2017 was the year that cryptocurrencies really broke into the mainstream, thanks to the incredibly price surge of Bitcoin resulting in extensive media coverage everywhere. Ethereum is the second largest cryptocurrency after Bitcoin, and it also experienced a sharp upturn in price in 2017. Vitalik Buterin first started getting interested in cryptocurrencies when he was just 17 years old, and he went on to co-found Ethereum at the tender age of 21. He also helped to more deeply establish the role of smart contracts in the blockchain universe, opening it up to a new world of possibilities.

Location: Zug, Switzerland

Age: 23

Twitter: @VitalikButerin