Satoshi Nakamoto: Bitcoin Creator Identified?

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A gutsy journalist has allegedly discovered the identity of the man behind the Bitcoin phenomenon. Like so many people around the world, Newsweek investigative journalist Leah McGrath was also puzzled about the identity of the founder of Bitcoin.

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Who was the man (or woman) behind the pseudonym ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’? Never has a question caught the imagination of so many people around the world since the debate on the identity of the woman in Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Ms. McGrath’s search for the mysterious founder led her to a database that contained the details of all the naturalized United States citizens. The name was screaming to be found and when she saw it she may have thought, could it actually be so simple? Turns out her guess might be right.

Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto (yes, his real name is Satoshi Nakamoto!) is 64-years old, lives in the foothills of the San Bernandino hills, near Los Angeles in a two storey house with his mother. He is an unassuming man and there are no sign of the genius behind those wet eyes.

Satoshi Nakamoto – The son of a Japanese immigrant

The year was 1973 and Satoshi Nakamoto had just passed out of the California State Polytechnic University. The same year, he took the name Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto.

He is the son of a Japanese immigrant and his mother came to California when he was just a kid. He is also descended from Buddhist priests and Samurais and he has a penchant for tinkering with steam powered model trains.

In the period intervening 2009-2011, he supposedly began collaborating with other code writers on an early version of the Bitcoin. His collaborators say that the code he wrote displayed sparks of genius but in many places it was outright messy. In 2011, he stopped his involvement in the project when one of the collaborators, Gavin Anderson told him that the CIA had invited him to speak on the technology.

Satoshi Nakamoto: Eccentric genius or smart investor or innocent bystander?

Mr. Satoshi’s brother agrees that he is a bit eccentric (as all good geniuses are!). He is also distrustful of government policies and he has good reason to. In the 1990s, he was let go from two jobs and even had his home foreclosed.


According to a Newsweek estimate, Mr. Satoshi holds Bitcoins worth about 400 million dollars. Now that he has been outed, it remains to be seen how this simple man handles the limelight and the pressure that comes with it.

It also should be noted that Satshoi denies any involvement in Bitcoin, which you can see in the video below.


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