Since the invention of Bitcoin in 2009 by an unknown person with the name Satoshi Nakamoto, there has been lots of speculations about who the inventor of Bitcoin really is. The many unanswered questions about who Satoshi Nakamoto is have led to the Bitcoin puzzle. In an attempt to solve this puzzle and hence, reveal the identity of Satoshi, lots of guesses have been made. While a number of cryptocurrency devotees think that Satoshi could be Nick Szabo, one person has openly claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto. Although Craig Steven Wright claims to be Satoshi, this claim is without proof and as a result, is inconclusive.
Craig Steven Wright
Craig Steven Wright was born in October 1970 in Brisbane, Queensland. He is a businessman, an author, a cybersecurity nerd, an inventor, and a computer scientist. Craig came into the limelight after he claimed to be the face behind Satoshi Nakamoto. After this claim, Craig moved from being perceived as a nobody to one of the most famous people in the cryptocurrency sector. This swift change in his status happened when Gizmodo alongside Wired claimed that there are possibilities that Craig could be the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto. Apart from claiming to be Satoshi, Craig Steven Wright also claims to be a key part of the team that created Bitcoin.
The bitcoin puzzle
For quite some time now, computer wizards as well as journalists have searched tirelessly for the person behind the name “Satoshi Nakamoto”. This search has been on for so long that it has even birthed a book which got sold for 20 Bitcoins. The Bitcoin puzzle almost got solved in 2014 after it was reported that a California based engineer who was known as Dorian was the face behind Satoshi. Although this report was believed initially, it turned out to be wrong. Two years after reports claiming that Dorian was the real Satoshi went public, some articles were published by Gizmodo and Wired. According to these articles, Craig Wright was the inventor of Bitcoin and hence, the face behind Satoshi Nakamoto. After this article was published, Craig openly declared he was indeed Satoshi. However, after his claims were questioned by cryptocurrency experts, Craig apologized via his blog and claimed that he lacked the courage to prove that he is indeed Satoshi.
While we may or may never know who Satoshi Nakamato is, it’s worth noting that he intended for Bitcoin to have a certain type of anonymity about it in addition to not being controlled by a central authority. Therefore, the real inventor likely kept his own identity a secret so that nobody would look to him to be the “central” figure who controls Bitcoin, which is decentralized.