Vitalik Buterin is a Russian-Canadian programmer and writer. A cryptocurrency wunderkind, he is known for co-founding Bitcoin magazine and Ethereum. When he reached 23 years old, Ethereum became the second-most valued cryptocurrency platform after Bitcoin with a market cap of over $65 billion. Since then, the cryptocurrency community has kept a keen eye on Vitalik as its boy genius.
Buterin was born in January 31, 1994, in Kolomna, Moscow Oblast, Russia. He moved to Canada with his parents at the age of 6. At a young age, he showed signs of spectacular skills, with the alleged ability to calculate three digit multiplications faster than any human being of his age. This prodigy-like character lend to his being somewhat of an oddball amongst his peers. The isolating social scenario of being treated like an oddball math genius and an immigrant led to Vitalik spending more time on the internet. Dmitry Buterin, his father, is also a computer scientist. Naturally, Vitalik began to show a predisposition towards programming, economics and mathematics. He completed his schooling at the Aberald School in Toronto with a goal to make learning a vital drive in his life. Learning did not only mean academics or programming, since he has also spent a lot of time and effort into World of Warcraft. Along this line of passionate learning, he ventured into the world of cryptocurrencies.
After hearing about Bitcoin from his father, Vitalik began researching and writing about cryptocurrencies. This started with an online project of selling articles for Bitcoins on various forums. The project eventually became Bitcoin Magazine, the first publication dedicated to cryptocurrencies. He has also contributed to Ledger, a scholarly journal with research of cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology. He then released the white paper for Ethereum in 2013, arguing that Bitcoin needed a scripting language for application development. Since then, Vitalik has been making history. From a fake death hoaxes to potentially being a crypto-ally with Vladimir Putin, Vitalik is one of the most important figures in the cryptocurrency space today.