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How Charles Hoskinson Achieved a Net Worth of $500 Million

Charles Hoskinson

Entrepreneurs should join the bandwagon in a world where paperless payment solutions have become popular in e-commerce. Charles Hoskinson was one such person who saw the opportunity and invested in the idea. He is the CEO of Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK) and co-founder of Ethereum, native to Hawaii. His net worth today is $500 million. If you're still wondering who he is and how he achieved his net worth.

He's considered the pioneer in the blockchain market (cryptocurrency networks)

According to Crypto Academy, Charles Hoskinson was born in Hawaii on November 5, 1987. He grew up in a family of doctors and wanted to become one when he grew up. His parents mostly homeschooled him, allowing him to experiment and learn more about computers. Ironically, Hoskinson realized that his dream was to be a technologist when he joined the University of Denver, Colorado. While there, he pursued and graduated with a degree in advanced mathematics and number theory. The first time Hoskinson heard about bitcoins, he noticed that more people were skeptical about investing in them. He got curious about the blockchain market, prompting his decision to invent Ethereum. To him, bitcoins were more of a goldmine because businesses were looking for a more efficient payment system beyond the central government's reach. As bitcoin became popular, so didn't Hoskinson's passion for the blockchain market. He took a different path by teaching people about cryptocurrencies online for free. More than 18,000 individuals enrolled in his course, growing his popularity. Also, his online school made his meet Vitalik Buterin and eight other inventors and innovators.

He quit consultancy to co-found Ethereum

Before inventing Ethereum and becoming CEO of IOHK, Hoskinson was a consultant at a firm for the Bitcoin Education Project. He resigned from the consulting firm in 2013 to become one of the co-founders and CEO of Ethereum. In 2014, he joined Dan Larimer to launch BitShares Blockchain. The company focused on streamlining bitcoin exchanges. He left the company to join forces with Vitalik Buterin and six other innovators. While there, he fell out with one of the team members called Buterin. Hoskinson wanted to commercialize the project, but Buterin viewed it as nonprofit and open-source. According to SOMAG, Hoskinson received 293,000 ether for his work. Instead of pocketing it, he gave it all to his secretary because he never thought it would perform any better. His exit might have been why Ether rose to a $120 billion market cap. Due to his fallout with Buterin, Hoskinson decided to dissociate himself with Ethereum. After buying Bitcoin and Xbox, Hoskinson regretted his decision. As per his sentiments, these two are the least developed major ecosystems. Bitcoin surpassed $1 trillion in market cap, but he confesses that he doesn't want to develop tokens in Bitcoin's network.

Cardano's popularity in the blockchain market

Hoskinson's net worth of 500 million is attributed mainly to Cardano (ADA) and Ethereum, successful cryptocurrencies. According to Finty, the blockchain market ranks Ethereum at number two, after bitcoin. The inventor always saw an opportunity in the crypto world and knew it would outperform other industries as more people got enlightened about it. After parting ways with Buterin, Hoskinson co-founded Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK), an engineering and research company, alongside Jeremy Wood. According to Forbes, the duo seed-funded the company through a few hundred thousand dollars. They got contracts and started inventing digital coins. It didn't take long before they received massive returns after taking advantage of bitcoin's popularity. In his interview with Forbes, Hoskinson said they had to liquidate their company as cryptos' popularity grew. Their key project was Cardano, a more eco-conscious digital coin. Currently, Cardano ranks at number five in the market and has a net worth of $16 billion. They've also invented Ethereum Classic with $3 billion in market cap. Though Ethereum was one of the first investments Hoskinson started, he attributes his net worth to Cardano development. The blockchain market works like Ethereum in decentralizing applications and running smart contracts. So, anyone who wants to conduct peer-to-peer transactions can trust Cardano's ADA to fulfill them. Cardano might not have been popular in 2015 when Hoskinson discovered it, but more people are warming up to it with his continuing research. Some experts predict that it might outrun Ethereum soon.

He's the founder of Input-Output Global (IOG)

Hoskinson is also the founder of a blockchain engineering company, Input-Output Global (IOG). The company has launched many projects, with the most popular one being the Agoric intelligent contract platform. Hoskinson has also invested in a nonprofit organization that supports Ethereum blockchain development away from profit-making projects.

He's a philanthropist

Hoskinson is also a philanthropist who's donated funds to various organizations. In 2017, his company donated funds to remodel research labs to teach students at the University of Edinburg and the Tokyo Institute of Technology about blockchain technology. In 2020, he sponsored $500,000 for a blockchain laboratory for the University of Wyoming. Any business-oriented person knows that philanthropy is a vital element influencing their net worth. Most celebrities involve themselves in charity work and start organizations to help the disadvantaged. It's easier for people to trust Hoskinson's plans because of the various nonprofit projects he's sponsored. Carnegie Mellon University is the latest project that benefited from Hoskin's philanthropic nature. He donated $20 million to the university to build the Hoskinson Center for Formal Mathematics in 2021. He also sponsors the Better Angels project to enlighten individuals about politics in the US.


Charles Hoskinson credits his holdings and popularity of ADA and IOHK for helping him achieve a net worth of $500 million. His enormous contribution to the blockchain networks cannot be overlooked. He even got to speak to budding investors at the World Economic Forum in 2020. Some sources claim he's worth $600, and it will continue growing as long as Cardano overtakes other digital coins. His knowledge, experience, and continuous research in the blockchain market have also significantly boosted his net worth. The cryptocurrency industry terms him the pioneer, so he's worth that much.

Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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