Fortune’s Ledger 40 under 40 first ranking in fintech space

July 26, 2018
Chris Wheal

The list maker, Fortune magazine, helping to drive blockchain and cryptocurrencies ever more mainstream released its first Ledger 40 under 40 ranking dedicated to the fintech space on Monday.

Fortune serves up first ranking in blockchain and cryptocurrency space



A veritable who’s who in the space according to the magazine, assembling a supplementary “honor roll of the most impressive, young superstars..transforming business at the leading edge of financial technology”. With many notable names included, the magazine’s ranking “shines a light on the pioneers building some of the world’s fastest-growing businesses.”

These are the big players at the cutting edge of the digital payments, cryptocurrencies and distributed accounting ledgers spectrum. The top five are:

  1. Brian Armstrong, co-founder and CEO, Coinbase
  2. Vitalik Buterin, creator, Ethereum
  3. Jihan Wu, co-CEO and co-founder, Bitmain
  4. Patrick and John Collinson, CEO and co-founder; president and co-founder, Stripe
  5. Vlad Tenev and Baiju Bhatt, co-CEOs and co-founders, Robinhood

Top women and old hands

The highest ranking woman was (6) Rana Yared, who runs Goldman Sachs’ investments in fintech and (11) Amber Baldet, formerly a blockchain program lead at JPMorgan Chase, and co-founder of startup Clovyr. However, 16 women in total made it to the ranking.

Other entrants are old hands in the cryptocurrency arena such as the (8) Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler who run Winklevoss Capital and Gemini Fund. Dan Larimer ranked 12th has churned out three enterprises: Bitshares, Steem and EOS.

The Ledger 40 under 40 ranking  is a snapshot then of as Fortune deems it “a still-nascent industry we expect to continue gaining in importance.”


Post written by Chris Wheal
Chris Wheal is editor of OpenLedger's news and features service. An award-wining business journalists himself, he runs a team of freelance journalists from across the UK and north America.

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