Satoshi Nakamoto, long considered the pseudonym of the creator of Bitcoin (or a group of people behind him), turned out to be a real 64-year-old man living in the US. This is reported by Newsweek magazine .
Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of Bitcoin
Satoshi Nakamoto – the mysterious creator of the Bitcoin crypto currency – turned out to be a real person. He is 64 years old, he is a Japanese, despite the assessment of his fortune of $ 400 million living in California in a small town of Temple City with a population of 35 thousand people.
Newsweek correspondent, Leah Goodman, took two months of investigation to finally make sure that Nakamoto is a real person. When Goodman knocked on the door of Nakamoto’s house, an elderly Japanese called the police.
He recognized his role in the creation of bitcoin, but flatly refused to answer any questions on the topic.
I’m no longer involved in [work on bitcoin] and I can not discuss it. He was transferred to other people. They are now responsible for it. I have nothing to do with this. Satoshi Nakamoto
At the moment, Satoshi Nakamoto is much more keen on collecting toy locomotives. Due to the discussion of this passion, Goodman managed to establish an initial contact with Nakamoto, but he stopped responding to e-mails as soon as he talked about bitcoin. Goodman tried to lure the creator of Bitcoin to a telephone conversation, but his 31-year-old son told the journalist that the call would not take place.
Those who communicated with Nakamoto, were told that he never used the phone for communication, preferring to communicate at the Bitcointalk forum . “In those days it was not yet clear that the creation of Bitcoin can generally be legal. He went far to preserve his anonymity, “said Gavin Andresen, chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation .
Even Andresen, who became the head of Bitcoin protocol development, Nakamoto did not tell about his past professional experience and personal life. It is known only that he worked on secret military projects and in large corporations – for example, in the US Federal Aviation Administration.
According to Andresen, Nakamoto released bitcoin on an open voyage for political reasons. As a libertarian, Nakamoto hated the banking system for the fact that its leaders are enriched only because they “hold the keys”. Nevertheless, the early adherents of bitcoin really enriched due to the proximity to the original: Andresen himself states that he invested $ 800 for each invested dime.
After the release of the material Newsweek Andresen regretted that he told so many details of Leah Goodman, contributing to Nakamoto deannonimization.
I’m disappointed. Newsweek decided to do the Nakamoto family, and regret talking to Leah.
– Gavin Andresen (@gavinandresen)March 6, 2014
Satoshi Nakamoto House in California
I’m disappointed Newsweek decided to dox the Nakamoto family, and regret talking to Leah.
— Gavin Andresen (@gavinandresen) March 6, 2014
Satoshi Nakamoto was born in 1949 in the Japanese city of Beppu. In 1959, his mother divorced and moved with him to Temple City, where he still lives with him at the age of 93. At age 23, Nakamoto graduated from the Polytechnic University of California and changed his name to Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto. Since then, he has not used the name “Satoshi” in real life, everywhere subscribing as “Dorian S. Nakamoto”. The 64-year-old creator Bitcoin is married (but does not live with his wife since 2000) and has six children.
During the investigation, Newsweek correspondent found a huge number of different Satoshi Nakamoto living all over the world, both alive and deceased – including the former designer of men’s clothing Ralph Lauren and another person who died in 2008. In LinkedIn, you can even find a certain Satoshi Nakamoto, who calls himself the creator of bitcoin and lives in Japan.