Most Influential 40: Barry Silbert
If U.S. lawmakers ever target the crypto industry for antitrust activity, Digital Currency Group (DCG) might be top on the list. Founded by Barry Silbert in 2013, DCG is a crypto powerhouse with investments across the industry – including ownership of this publication. It wholly owns digital currency trader and lender Genesis Global Trading and digital asset management firm Grayscale Investments, the provider of the popular bitcoin investment vehicle, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust. This year, Silbert made the case for that trust to be converted into a spot bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), distinct from current bitcoin ETFs that track BTC futures, though that instrument has yet to be approved.