Jeff Garzik, historically one of the major early contributors to the Bitcoin codebase and later a lead developer at BitPay, doesn’t know who created the flagship cryptocurrency. However, he has an educated guess.
Speaking in an interview with Bloomberg, he spoke to his suspicions of the actual creator of Bitcoin. He has one of the less popular theories — the major contenders for the title of Satoshi Nakamoto are Nick Szabo, Adam Back, and/or a group of people likely involving one or both of these people. The hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto is still very much on, despite the possible negative impact it could have on the Bitcoin ecosystem.
A limited and dwindling number of people have bought into the belief that Australian outlier Craig S. Wright, who is spearheading the Bitcoin SV (“Satoshi Vision”) hard fork in 6 days, is actually the person behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. The upcoming fork has even pushed Wright and early Bitcoin adopter and evangelist Roger Ver apart. Ver now says that even solid proof of Wright’s identity as Satoshi wouldn’t heal the division.
Jeff Garzik: Dave Kleiman Was [Likely] Satoshi
Garzik told Bloomberg that his “personal theory” places Dave Kleiman, a Florida man who passed away in 2013 and whose estate is currently engaged in a lawsuit against Craig S. Wright, as the man behind the $110 billion currency.
Wright, per the suit, had worked with Kleiman — a computer security expert — as a CCN contributing editor wrote at the time the lawsuit was filed:
“Kleiman and Wright had allegedly acquired these coins by mining them through W&K Info Defense Research LLC.