CoinDesk published this Monday (5) the annual list of the most influential people of 2022. The “Most Influential 2022 annual” lists 50 stories of the people who, according to the website, defined the year of crypto market🇧🇷
The list doesn’t just list the ones that helped the market to develop or that are adored by investors🇧🇷 On the contrary, it also brings characters like Sam Bankman-Fried, Matt Damon and Jerome Powell and tragicomic episodes involving them.
Among the top 10 are:
- Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, for defeating a “$40 billion” rival with a single tweet
- ZachXBT – For Leaving Crypto Scammers No Place to Hide
- Ryan Wyatt – For brokering more high-profile Web3 partnerships than anyone else
- Zooko Wilcox – for leading the “privacy is normal” campaign
- Rishi Sunak – For acquiring the power to make the UK’s crypto dreams come true
- Balaji Srinivasan – for putting “Network States” on the map
- Yat Siu By – Invest Billions Into Web3 Games
- Nirmala Sitharaman – For taxing and disrupting India’s cryptocurrency trading industry
- Punk6529 – For championing an open metaverse
Other crypto influencers of 2022
Sam Bankman-Fried, former CEO of FTX, is placed at 47 “for putting the hyphens in the crypto-savior turned market wrecking ball.”
The reference is about his image that passed before, as the savior of several crypto companies, such as Voyager Digital that he intended to acquire after bankruptcy.
Besides him, Matt Damon ranks at number 38 for “summarizing peak crypto cringe”. The reference was for advertising crypto assets when they were at their peak, and in the “mainstream”, that is, when everyone was talking about it.
Damon did an advertisement together with the Crypto.com brokerage, and it became a joke after the big drops and collapses of the crypto market.
“And it hasn’t aged well. It turns out that investing in crypto when the price of bitcoin has topped $60,000 doesn’t make you an astronaut or a mountain climber, as Damon’s rousing adventure story suggests. It probably just makes you poor… or, well, poorer than before.”
Jerome Powell, President of the Federal Reserveis in 11th placeor undermine Bitcoin’s ‘safe haven’ narrative”. The position is justified by Powell’s role in the contractionary monetary policy of the United States, and consequently in the declines in the crypto market.
“In a perfect world, crypto would not be influenced by fiat-based monetary policy, and Jerome Powell, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, would not be one of the most influential people in the industry. But as proven by the latest cryptocurrency meltdown, Powell topped the market narrative more often than not in 2022.
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