Riccardo Spagni

The Monero whitepaper was released by an anonymous person utilizing the pseudonym Nicholas van Saberhagen, who later vanished and never contributed to the project’s launch. “Bitmonero,” the project’s initial title, was launched by someone with the pseudonym “thankful_for_today.” This character went on to demand changes that caused tension within the community, therefore Spagni and six other core developers forked to Monero, the well-known privacy project utilized today.