Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin has received a permit that will allow him to legally reside and work in Taiwan. Speaking at a meeting with the country’s minister of digital affairs, Buterin said that the card will make it easier for him to visit the island nation and its Ethereum community.
Taiwan’s Digital Minister Presents Buterin With Kuai Kuai Snacks and Work Permit
Authorities in Taipei have granted Vitalik Buterin, a leading figure in the crypto space, a Taiwan Employment Gold Card, local media revealed, quoting the country’s ministry responsible for digital development.
The Russian-Canadian programmer, best known for co-founding ethereum (ETH), the cryptocurrency with the second-largest market capitalization after bitcoin (BTC), was received this week by Taiwan’s Minister of Digital Affairs, Audrey Tang.
During the meeting, the crypto entrepreneur remarked that Taiwan is home to a robust Ethereum community. He also noted that the card will allow him to visit the island more easily in the future, the Taiwanese FTV channel reported.
The government official spoke with Buterin in Chinese, taught him an old Taiwanese song and presented him with Kuai Kuai snacks. People in Taiwan often put snacks of this brand next to machines and devices due to a popular belief that this will ensure their error-free operation.
The Taiwanese government launched the Gold Card program in 2018, hoping to attract highly qualified specialists from various priority sectors of the economy. The card gives holders the right to live and work in the country for up to three years.
Buterin was born in 1994 in the small Russian city of Kolomna, Moscow Oblast, but when he was six his family moved to Canada where he grew up. In 2013, at just 19 years of age, he developed the concept for the Ethereum cryptocurrency which was launched in 2015.
In 2021, when the price of ETH exceeded $3,000 per coin during the latest crypto boom, Vitalik Buterin was named the world’s youngest cryptocurrency billionaire by Forbes magazine. He was only 27 years old at the time.
In April 2022, Buterin became a citizen of crypto-friendly Montenegro. He was granted the citizenship as part of efforts by the government in Podgorica to attract investments and develop the blockchain sector of the small Southeast European nation.
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