Craig Wright is a scientist specializing in computers, who also happens to be one of the individuals who claim to be the creator of Bitcoin. Currently, Wright works as the chief scientist for nChain, a blockchain technologies-related company.
Wright is a Ph.D. holder and has years of experience working with many big names like OzEmail, K-Mart, etc. Besides his association with many big companies, Wright has made headlines for his claim of many years that he is the face behind the name Satoshi Nakamoto. However, after all these years of his claim, he has not proved his identity, and even the cryptocurrency community thinks his claims are fake.
|Popular Name||Craig Wright|
|Real Name||Craig Steven Wright|
|Date of birth||October 1970|
|Age||51 years old|
|Place of birth||Brisbane, Australia|
|Occupation||Computer scientist and Businessman|
|Net worth||80 Million USD|
|Height||5 ft (182 cm)|
Craig Wright Net Worth
Wright has been actively working in the technology and cryptocurrency sector for a very long time. And he is still working as a scientist for a blockchain company.
So, all his hard work to this day has allowed him to earn a great deal of money, which has made his net worth 80 million USD.
Also, based on the rumors, Wright owns around 56 billion worth of bitcoins.
His Family and Residence
Wright was born in Brisbane in Australia. He currently lives in the United Kingdom.
He is often on the news for his association with the start of bitcoin. However, he has not shared anything about his parents or siblings or any other detail about his personal life.
Craig Wright’s Wives and Relationship
Wright was initially married to his first wife, Lynn, but things didn’t work out, and the two parted their ways.
After the failure of his first marriage, he married his second wife, Ramona Watts, in 2003. With Watts, Wright has two beautiful children, a son, and a daughter.
The couple has named their firstborn son Dave while has named their younger daughter Rachel.
Dave was born in 2005 and is currently sixteen, and his sister, Rachel, was born in 2013 and is nine.
Educational Degree and Institutions
Wright completed high school at Padua College in Brisbane.
He has not shared about the institute where he did his undergraduates, but Wright did share about the ones where he got his Master’s degree and Ph.D.
The computer scientist went to Northumbria University, where he earned a Master of Law degree.
After completing his study at Northumbria University, he enrolled in the University of Newcastle to get his second degree in Mathematics and Statistics.
With two degrees, Wright then joined Charles Sturt University, where he got his Ph.D. in computer science and economics.
Wright started his career as an employee in the information technology department of many big companies like K-Mart, OzEmail, etc.
After working in the technology department for a while, he decided to work for the multinational automotive manufacturing corporation Mahindra and Mahindra as its security consultant.
He worked for the company for some time, then resigned to join as an information system manager in BDO Kendalls, an international firm dealing with accounting, tax management, and other financial advisories.
Wright worked in many countries before starting Hotwire of Preemptive Intelligence Group. He was the CEO and had planned to launch it in Denariuz as the first-ever bitcoin-based bank. However, his plans failed after facing problems with the Australian Tax Office.
When his company dissolved, Craig went back to work for other companies and started as a chief scientist for the nChain in 2015.
While still working for nChain, Wright also worked as a director for Tokenized since 2019.
During his career, Wright also claimed to be the founder of bitcoin and designed the first-ever online casino, Lasseters Online. Both of which are yet to be proven.
Besides working as a scientist, Wright has also co-written many books and is one of the trustees of the Uniting Church in New South Wales.
Wright first became part of a controversy when he claimed that he was Satoshi Nakamoto, the mind behind the decentralized digital currency, bitcoin.
Initially, Nakamoto got introduced as a thirty-seven-year-old Japanese man, but his fluent British English made it hard to believe. It did not convince the cryptocurrency community that Wright was the actual person behind the name Nakamoto.
Also, the computer genius did not give any solid evidence to prove his claim.
To his claim, two different investigations were held. Both of the investigations showed that Wright was telling the truth. However, Wright could not provide any solid proof from his side, and it never got acknowledged.
Instead, the investigators found that Wright had involvement in an elaborate hoax. After the finding, the Australian Tax office ordered the Australian Federal Police to raid his home and office.
When the case got to court, Wright was found guilty and punished with twenty-eight days in jail. But, the lawyers of Wright turned the sentence into 250 hours of community service instead.
The case was just settled with a few hours of community service when Wright became part of another controversy.
In 2018, the family of the late Dave Kleiman, who died in 2013, sued Wright for not giving Kleiman his portion in the intellectual property and rights in bitcoins worth 5 billion USD.
Kleiman was a forensic expert who started the J&W Info Defence Research with Wright when he was alive. The family of Kleiman also claimed that he too assisted Wright in creating bitcoin.
The family initially demanded a sum of 250 billion USD, but the court ruled the case just this year with the verdict that Wright should transfer half of his intellectual property. The court also ordered him to pay 100 million to the family and the fees to their attorney.
While still facing charges from other people, Wright was also busy suing anyone who accused him of fraud and lying using the English Libel Law. He sued many famous people like Roger Ver, an entrepreneur.
Wright also sued the founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, who called him a liar.