For a brief shining moment, Chris Larsen was the fifth richest man in the world – worth more than Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison, Larry Page or Sergey Brin.
Unlike these luminaries, the mild-mannered technical executive is not a household name. He dismisses questions about his temporary vault on the top rung of Forbes’ billionaire list, which happened in early 2018 via a huge increase in cryptocurrency backed by Ripple Labs, the company of San Francisco that he co-founded and owns a 17% stake. This year, he’s number 891 on the Forbes list, with an estimated value of $ 3.4 billion – nothing to sneeze at, but a far cry from the $ 59 billion the magazine estimated three years earlier.
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