1. Ethereum was created when Buterin was a teenager
Buterin was only 19 years old when he developed Ethereum, which, according to Ethereum’s website, allows users to access digital money “regardless of your background or location”. His early interest in cryptocurrency inspired him to travel the world, meet Bitcoin developers, and later create his own cryptocurrency, which is now worth $ 400 billion, according to CNBC.
2. He was a co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine
Buterin co-founded Cryptocurrency magazine with Mihai Alisie in 2012, according to the Bitcoin Magazine website. While the first edition apparently only focused on what happened to Bitcoin, the publication has since expanded to include news and expert analysis on all blockchain communities.
3. Vitalik Buterin dropped out of university for $ 100,000
Buterin attended the University of Waterloo for a degree in computer science when the American-based Thiel Fellowship presented him with a unique opportunity.
According to CTV News, the two-year scholarship will select 20 innovators under the age of 20 and pay them $ 100,000 so they can pursue their promising ideas instead of attending post-secondary school. For Buterin, this meant that he could watch the creation of Ethereum. Buterin told CTV’s Canada AM that dropping out of school was “actually scary” and that he feared that if he didn’t know certain things, he would fall behind.
4. He is the youngest crypto billionaire in the world
Earlier this month, Forbes reported that Buterin is the youngest crypto billionaire in the world today. At the time of publication, the value of a single Ether coin is CAD 3,105.02.
5. Buterin was born in Russia and grew up in Toronto
Buterin was born in 1994 in Kolomna, a city near Moscow. He and his family moved to Toronto when he was only six years old, reports the Toronto Sun.
6. Buterin’s father introduced him to the world of cryptocurrencies
In 2011, when Vitalik Buterin was around 17, his father Dmitry introduced him to Bitcoin, The Sun says.
7. Buterin just made a massive donation to India
Just recently, according to Vox, Buterin donated over $ 1 billion to help India through its ongoing COVID-19 crisis. However, the donation was in the form of a digital currency called the Shiba Inu coin.