Prince Harry, Billie Eilish, Olympian Simone Biles, and Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin all made the cut.
Time magazine named Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, along with musicians, world leaders, activists, and others, one of the most influential people this year.
Buterin appears on Time’s list of 2021 innovators, alongside Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, Tesla CEO and Dogecoin (DOGE) supporter Elon Musk, and others.
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian cited Buterin’s role in growing the Ethereum network to a market capitalization of more than $400 billion and encouraging the development of decentralized apps and non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, in his profile on the Ethereum co-founder.
“No single person could possibly have come up with all of the uses for Ethereum, but it did take one person’s idea to get it started,” Ohanian explained. “From there, a new world opened up, spawning new ways to leverage blockchain technology.”
The long-running publication appears to be becoming more open to both reporting on the crypto space and accepting it in its own operations. In March, Time announced that it would be looking for a chief financial officer with “comfort with Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies,” and it auctioned off three NFTs based on magazine covers.
The magazine announced the following month that it would accept cryptocurrency payments for digital subscriptions, further integrating cryptocurrencies into its business.
Furthermore, as part of a collaboration with fund manager Grayscale, Time announced that it would be holding Bitcoin (BTC) — received as payment for an educational video series — on its balance sheets.
“We aren’t even in the first inning of what we want to do with crypto,” president Keith Grossman said in an interview on Sept. 13.
Since its inception in 1923, the magazine has been a fixture in the United States, profiling influential individuals and businesses. According to Time, the magazine has 20 million weekly subscribers worldwide.