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Vitalik Buterin is seeing his net worth soar. With ether setting a new all-time high of $1,439 at a total market cap of $160 billion, his 333,000 ether are worth $474.9 million:

From the Winklevoss twins and a veteran VC to the CEO of publicly traded Microstrategy, the investors smart enough to hold on to their crypto through its ups and downs are riding high once again. Pictured above: Cameron Winklevoss, Michael Saylor, Matthew Roszak, Vitalik Buterin and Tyler Winklevoss. All but Buterin are now billionaires.

In the investing world, money talks. On rare occasions, however, vindication is even better than a giant mountain of cash. Over the past decade, the true believers of the cryptocurrency revolution have turned what was once considered an oddball peanut gallery in the financial world into the next trillion-dollar asset class. And as they count their digital coins, they're ready to take a bow.

Take Cameron Winklevoss, the cryptocurrency entrepreneur who, alongside his twin brother, Tyler, sued Facebook, claiming Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for the social networking site. In 2012, the Winklevii took the relative pittance Zuckerberg flicked at them to go away and stashed it in bitcoin. They were mocked for years. Two Harvard-educated rowers seeking fame and fortune in digital currencies—alongside nerds, anarchists, speculators and worse. Now bitcoin is soaring to new highs and pulling in a stampede of followers from mainstream finance and society. As Zuckerberg has become more controversial, the Winklevii have something to say about moving on from Facebook: good riddance.

“Bitcoin has surpassed Facebook $FB in market cap," tweeted Cameron Winklevoss as bitcoin soared over $40,000 per coin, then $41,000 and beyond, on Friday. Added Winklevoss, "Makes sense that a money network would be more valuable than a social network.” Sure, the Winklevii still have a lot of catching up to do—Mark Zuckerberg is worth $94 billion—but the bravado isn't exactly misguided: The recent surge in crypto means that Forbes estimates each of the Winklevii owns $1.4 billion in digital assets, as of Monday morning, more tha...

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