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Fintech 50 2019: Forbes gives a nod to the leading players of blockchain

February 4, 2019, 6:30PM EDT

Forbes has just revealed their newest Fintech 50 rundown, and blockchain has occupied its fair share of the list. As for what we can expect for 2019, the portal predicts that the front runners of the blockchain sphere will move past trying to outrun each other in the upcoming year and will instead start seeking partnerships within the mainstream world of finance.

This year's list included six players from the world of blockchain: Coinbase, Circle, Axoni, Gemini, Ripple, and Bitfury. The last, but not least, is the only non-American company included on this portion of the lineup—the Amsterdam-based Bitfury is a full-service blockchain firm currently valued at over $1 billion.

As for the lucky American five, Forbes listed the co-founders of the USDC stablecoin—cryptocurrency exchanges Coinbase and Circle. The former is currently valued at $8 billion and is considered the most-funded startup of the industry. At $3 billion in valuation, the latter represents 8 million customers from over 100 countries.

Finally, Forbes has given a nod to the NYC-based, Goldman Sachs-funded, smart contract developer Axioni; San Francisco’s SWIFT contender Ripple; and Winklevoss twins’ cryptocurrency exchange Gemini.