According to Bitmex CEO Arthur Hayes, the creator of Bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto is dead. This was revealed by Bloomberg, who reported the words spoken by Hayes at the recent Summit of the Milken Institute Asia, in Singapore.
In fact, to the explicit question about his opinion on whether the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto can sooner or later be revealed, he answered:
“I think they’re already dead”.
The fact that he used the plural suggests either that he thinks that Satoshi is not a single individual but a group of people, or that all the main candidates identified so far, such as Hal Finney or Dave Kleinman, have actually died.
In the same speech, Arthur Hayes also said that the new digital finance will sooner or later have an impact on the whole financial market, from traditional equities to bonds and currencies, as well as the way payments are processed and recorded.
“Some of the practices in our market are going to be mimicked in traditional trading. All these things are going to seep into the traditional way stocks, bonds and FX are traded”.
Hayes also said that he believes that cryptocurrencies are not a real threat to sovereign currencies and could actually help, for example, in tracking payments.
As for the assumption that the creator of Bitcoin is now deceased, Hayes is not really the only one to think so. In fact, there are many supporters of the hypotheses that consider Hal Finney or Dave Kleinman as the people who have hidden behind the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto. Thus the group of those who actually think that Satoshi has disappeared, for years now, is quite large.
However, according to other hypotheses, he would be alive and would have disappeared from the scene, maybe because of a long stay in prison.
Other hypotheses suggest that he could be hiding out of fear of being persecuted by the police, or not to reveal some serious mistakes made in the past. However, these latter hypotheses actually seem somewhat less plausible than that of his/her/their death.
Others say that it is not a single person, but a group of people perhaps involved with some government espionage agency, and therefore their identities may never be discovered.
Satoshi launched the Bitcoin whitepaper at the end of 2008, and since 2011 he has never been seen again.