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Ethereum founder and President of El Salvador are among TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Influentials

Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, and Nayib Bukele, president of El Salvador, have something new in common besides their fondness for cryptocurrencies.

Ethereum founder and President of El Salvador are among TIME Magazine's Top 100 Influentials

Ethereum founder and President of El Salvador are among TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Influentials

All three appear on Time Magazine’s 2021 list of the World’s 100 Most Influential People.

Musk’s choice as one of the most influential in the world seems obvious. Huffington praised Musk for dedicating his life to breaking boundaries:

“It’s hard to think of a person less capable of being summed up in 150 words than Elon Musk. After all, he is a man who has dedicated his life to freeing himself from limits and restrictions. And he’s taking humanity along with him.”

“He is offering a model of how we can solve the great existential challenges that lie ahead,” she concluded.

Less obvious was Buterin’s choice. Ohanian explained that he has had the privilege of following Vitalik Buterin’s career from the beginning thanks to Reddit’s r/Ethereum community.

Obviously, he highlighted the developer’s work in creating the Ethereum network. Also, he mentioned “the dazzling world” of decentralized apps and NFTs.

“What makes Vitalik so special, however, is that he is the builder of a builder. Nobody could imagine all the uses of Ethereum. But it took a person’s idea to get started. From there, a new world opened up and gave rise to new ways to leverage blockchain technology — some of which I invested in,” said Ohanian.

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Finally, we have the choice of the “controversial” Nayib Bukele. Even amid protests from the population, the Salvadoran leader institutes Bitcoin as the country’s legal tender in an unprecedented way in the world.

But Bukele’s choice of Lizarraga was not motivated by this action. Instead, the journalist mentioned an August publication by the El Faro portal, of which he is an editor.

On Aug. 23, the newspaper reported on an investigation into negotiations between the Bukele government and El Salvador’s gangs. According to the journalist, the president rejected the report in a tweet and later accused El Faro of lying.

“This is the talent of a president who does not tolerate criticism or opposition. In 2020, Bukele went to parliament surrounded by armed soldiers to pressure lawmakers to pass his budget. In May of this year, he ordered the removal of the Supreme Court justices. And now, the new appointees have determined that the presidents can serve two consecutive terms”, highlighted Lizarraga.

Finally, the journalist said that the government’s attack on El Faro — which included his expulsion from the country in July — is aimed at punishing the newspaper for the sin of trying to provide people with the best information.

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