Possible Identities of Satoshi Nakamoto

Satoshi Nakamoto is the creator of bitcoin and the bitcoin network. He claimed to live in Japan, which is highly unlikely because of his perfect English and times when he posted his messages on boards and forums. There were also no comments in Japanese whatsoever in the code that he wrote and released.

One of the reasons for high interest about who Nakamoto is has to do with the fact that Nakamoto owns approximately 1 million bitcoins. As of November of 2017, this means that Nakamoto’s net worth is around $7 billion, making him one of the richest people in the world (as of November 2017, a net worth of $7 billion means being in the top 200 of the richest people on the planet).

There are many versions of the real identity of Nakamoto. Some people believe that such a person doesn’t exist and Satoshi Nakamoto is an abbreviation in which letters Sa come from Samsung, Toshi stands for Toshiba, Naka is Nakayama and Moto are the first letters from Motorola.

Nakamoto listed his birth date as April 5, 1975. On April 5, 1933, U. S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order about gold hoarding in the U.S. and in 1975 American citizens were allowed to possess gold.


Nick Szabo

In December 2013, blogger Skye Grey studied the linguistic style of Nakamoto’s whitepaper using stylometry. Grey claimed that there was a link between the style of the whitepaper and writings of Nick Szabo, an American of Hungarian descent, who published a paper on “bit gold,” a bitcoin predecessor. Nick Szabo has been using different pseudonyms since the 1990s. In May 2011, Szabo claimed that there have been a total of three people who could have implemented the idea of bitcoin in addition to Nakamoto (Szabo assumed that Nakamoto was a real person). These people were Szabo himself, Wei Dai and Hal Finney.

Financial author Dominic Frisby has conducted an extensive research about Nakamoto and provided a lot of circumstantial evidence that Nick Szabo is Nakamoto.


Dorian Nakamoto

Newsweek published a profile about Dorian Nakamoto on March 6, 2014. Newsweek journalist Leah McGrath Goodman found a man living in California whose name at birth was Satoshi Nakamoto. Goodman discovered a number of facts about Nakamoto that she believed proved that he was the inventor of bitcoin. Nakamoto had an education in physics. He worked as an engineer on defense projects, which is important because the bitcoin network uses a number of algorithms developed by the National Security Agency (NSA). In the 1990s, Nakamoto became a libertarian. Bitcoin puts people in charge of their money and eliminates the need for having to deal with third-parties, making it a great currency for libertarians since libertarians believe in government being as small as possible. When Goodman asked Nakamoto if he invented bitcoin, Nakamoto replied positively. He later retracted his statement and denied his connection to the cryptocurrency. Later on the day of the interview, somebody used Satoshi Nakamoto’s account to post a message denying that Satoshi was the same person as Dorian Nakamoto.


Hal Finney

Hal Finney was a computer scientist and a pioneer of computer cryptography. He was born in 1956 in California. Finney attended California Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering in 1981. After that, Finney worked for several companies as a software developer.

In 2004, he applied the principle of reusable work to the financial markets. The bitcoin network uses the application of the principle by Finney in the creation of blockchain blocks.

Finney was the recipient of the first bitcoin transaction, during which he received funds from Satoshi Nakamoto. In October 2009, Finney announced that he received a diagnosis of ALS, which is a disease that causes the death of neurons controlling certain muscles in a human body. In 2013, Finney was essentially paralyzed, but he continued to code and work on bitcoin-related software. He died in Phoenix, Arizona on August 28, 2014.

According to an article in the Forbes magazine, Finney lived a few blocks away from a home where Dorian Nakamoto used to live. Some analysts believe that Finney’s writing was the closest in style to the writing of Nakamoto.

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