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Crypto founders top young Australian rich list

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Crypto founders top young Australian rich list

The Australian Financial Review (AFR) has compiled a list containing 87 of Australia’s richest entrepreneurs aged 40 and under, each of whom boasts a net worth greater than 36 million Australian dollars ($26.9 million).

The list is topped by Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht, the co-founder and the chief operating officer of popular graphic design software providers Canva. The married couple has an estimated net worth of 16.5 billion AUD ($12.3 billion) between them.

Seven crypto luminaires have debuted on the AFR’s “Young Rich” list of 2021, including the minds behind some of the leading protocols in the decentralized finance (DeFi) and nonfungible token sectors.

Synthetix

Kain Warwick, founder of derivatives trading protocol Synthetix, is ranked as the most affluent crypto figure in Australia, coming in at seventh overall with an estimated net worth of 879 million AUD ($657 million).

Warwick founded Synthetix in 2017, with the protocol consisting of an Ethereum-based decentralized synthetic asset issuance protocol that offers exposure to a wide range of markets, such as crypto, stocks and commodities via synthetic assets.

Synthetix ranks as the 22nd-largest DeFi protocol with a total value locked (TVL) of $2.2 billion, while its native SNX token is the 85th-largest crypto asset with a capitalization of $1.9 billion at the time of writing.

Synthetix has raised a total of 46.1 million AUD ($34.46 million) over six funding rounds. The rounds included participation from Paradigm, Coinbase Ventures and IOSG Ventures, according to Crunchbase

Illuvium and the Warwick brothers

Kain Warwick is not the only member of the family on the list, with three of his brothers in Aaron, Grant and Keiran also making the list this year.

The three brothers co-founded the upcoming play-to-earn crypto game Illuvium in 2020. Keiran leads the pack with a net worth of 463 million AUD ($346 million) to rank 22nd, while Aaron is close behind in 26th with 425 million AUD, and Grant comes in at 34th with 196 million AUD.

Despite the Illuvium game currently still being in development, the ILV token has shot up the market capitalization rankings this year amid meteoric price growth to currently sit at 145th with a capitalization of $721 million.

To date, Illuvium has raised $5 million from a funding round that included participation from Framework Ventures and IOSG Ventures.

Sustainable Bitcoin miners

Brothers Daniel and William Roberts also made the list, with the duo ranking in at 19th with a combined 484 million AUD. The duo founded a sustainable energy-focused Bitcoin (BTC) mining firm dubbed Iris Energy earlier this year. Cointelegraph reported in July the firm was looking to raise $200 million in preparation to go public on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

Last week, the firm filed for an initial public offering with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to raise up to $100 million. The firm intends to list its shares under the REN ticker later this year.

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Sergienko’s rise to fame

Finally, Sydney-based Sergei Sergienko ranked 60th with a net worth of 97 million AUD ($72.5 million) in part due to his work with Chronobank, a blockchain-based firm he founded in 2016 that streamlines recruiting processes and enables workers to get paid in crypto assets.

“The company empowers HR and recruitment professionals with blockchain technology, as well as enabling global freelancers to secure the best jobs and make sure they are paid quickly and fairly,” Chronobank’s website reads.