The Guy Who Invented Bitcoin is (Surprise!) a Reclusive Weirdo

By Brian Barrett on at

Bitcoin, like all great fantasies, has a compelling creation myth: one Satoshi Nakomoto existed on the internet just long enough to give birth to everyone's favourite cryptocurrency before disappearing for six years. Theories abounded as to the man's true identity. No one could track him down. That is, until Newsweek did just now.

It turns out, according to the Newsweek report, that Satoshi Nakomoto is not an alias for Sinichi Mochizuki, or Wei Dai, or a shadowy European computer collective. Satoshi Nakomoto is Satoshi Nakomoto, and he lives in California and likes to play with trains.

In fact, it turns out, there's not all that much to say about Nakomoto other than that he seems like a pretty unassuming guy who'd rather be left alone. If you want to read the story of how the Intrepid Reporter tracked him down, that's all here (spoiler: emails and phone calls!). But the basics are that Nakomoto is a 64-year old former defense contractor with six kids, a rumpled fellow who'd rather be left alone with his elaborate train models and (assumed) piles and piles of Bitcoin money.