SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed he is certain of the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious creator of Bitcoin, about whom there are hundreds of speculations. For some, it is not even a person, but a team of developers.

The creator of the star cryptocurrency is a real mystery: he is known as Satoshi Nakamoto, but this is just a pseudonym. And although he is famous for having launched the famous digital currency, he has not been heard from for 10 years and his identity remains unknown.

However, Elon Musk believes that Satoshi Nakamoto is Nick Szabo, a computer scientist who has been involved in cryptography for years: “You can look at the evolution of ideas before the launch of bitcoin and see who wrote, you know, about those ideas,” Elon Musk told artificial intelligence researcher Lex Fridman in a podcast published on Tuesday, when asked what he thought about Nakamoto’s real identity.

The flagship cryptocurrency was first introduced in October 2008 under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. Then, a scientific article was published under that name, explaining the Bitcoin protocol. It was Bitcoin’s white paper, which was analyzed in 2014 by a group of linguistic researchers that realized It contained writings and ideas by Szabo and ten other people.

That group of researchers said at the time that “the number of linguistic similarities between Szabo’s writing and the Bitcoin white paper is astonishing”, and concluded that none of the other authors matched as closely as Szabo did. 

“Obviously I don’t know who created bitcoin … it seems as though Nick Szabo is probably more than anyone else responsible for the evolution of those ideas,” said Musk, adding, “he claims not to be Nakamoto … but he seems to be the one more responsible for the ideas behind it than anyone else.”

Estimating around 1,000,000 bitcoins in Satoshi Nakamoto’s wallet, he would rank among the 30 largest fortunes in the world. However, the list of the richest people on the planet according to Forbes does not include him because it is unclear who he is and his fortune cannot be confirmed.