Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist who lives in the UK has won a civil trial in Miami against the family of his late business partner and computer forensics expert, David Kleiman. Wright claims that the win shows he is the inventor of Bitcoin.
Kleiman’s family claimed that he and Mr Wright had been close friends and co-created Bitcoin through a partnership.
They argued that his estate should be entitled to half the 1.1 million Bitcoin held and mined by “Satoshi Nakamoto” – the fabled creator of the cryptocurrency. They are now worth $54bn (€48bn). In 2016 Wright first claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto in a blog post.
The jury found that Wright did not owe up to half of the Bitcoin to the family of Mr Kleiman instead, he was ordered to pay $100m (€89m) over a breach in intellectual property rights related to a joint venture between the two.
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