Could Elon Musk be the real Satoshi Nakamoto? An old rumor resurfaces

Would Elon Musk be Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious creator of Bitcoin? At least that’s what this former SpaceX intern thinks.

According to Sahil Gupta, Satoshi Nakamoto would be none other than the enigmatic Elon Musk. And to be honest, he’s not the only one to think so. Indeed, Mr. Gupta is convinced that the creator of Bitcoin is probably the co-founder of PayPal.

Although this theory is not new, Sahil Gupta brings it to life with an incredible comparison that reveals many similarities between Satoshi Nakamoto and Elon Musk.

Five years ago, Elon Musk posted a tweet in which he denied being the creator of Bitcoin, but should we really believe him?

Elon Musk and Satoshi Nakamoto: commonalities

“A few years ago I wondered if Musk would be able to write Bitcoin source code. I then realized that he could do it very well. Musk developed all the software for his early companies, including Zip2 and which literally specialized in peer-to-peer payments.’s source code was written in C++ and described as “monolithic”. The same is true for Bitcoin,” Gupta told BeInCrypto.

Next, the researcher shared with us the results of his investigation of Satoshi Nakamoto’s forum posts. “Terms bloody hard [très difficile] and “order of magnitude” [ordre de grandeur] that Satoshi wrote in his posts are often spoken by Elon Musk. Satoshi put a double space after the points, Musk too. Later, an article revealed that Satoshi in 2009 leaked an IP address to the Van Nuys neighborhood in Los Angeles. Oddly, SpaceX is right next to Van Nuys and Musk frequents Van Nuys airport.”

Satoshi Nakamoto

Although there is no 100% proof that Elon Musk is the real Satoshi Nakamoto, Mr Gupta believes there is “a whole lot of circumstantial evidence”. According to him, this rare combination of “geographical location, technical ability, writing style and motivational philosophy”, may not just be a coincidence.

The researcher then wonders if it would be interesting to reveal this theory to the public. “Given Musk has tweeted about Satoshi more than once, there’s probably no big downside. At the same time, he doesn’t and wouldn’t give himself credit for being Satoshi unless all the evidence is so clear that people come to terms with it and ask him to admit it. A few weeks ago, Peter Thiel said that the United States should organize a ticker tape parade [une parade généralement organisée dans la rue où les gens jettent des morceaux de papiers, créant une illusion de tempête de neige] in honor of Satoshi Nakamoto. Let’s see if he keeps his promises”.

New supporting evidence

Mr. Gupta did an internship at SpaceX… so he was very close to the source. It was while working for SpaceX that he began to connect the pieces of the puzzle. According to him, even if it seems strange and inconceivable, Satoshi Nakamoto and Elon Musk have “common linguistic quirks”.

“It recently turned out that the e-mail [email protected] Elon Musk was active on the original Cypherpunk mailing list in 1998,” he added.


PayPal’s original mission

Mr. Gupta recalls that Luke Nosek, another co-founder of PayPal, previously said that the company’s mission was to “create a global currency”. They wanted the service to be “free from interference from corrupt banking and government cartels that depreciated their currencies. And, we managed to create something very powerful economically, we allowed many small businesses to see the light of day. We are very proud of it, but we have not achieved our mission”.

A message that seems very close, even identical to that of the creator of Bitcoin…

Another proof: British English

It is known that Satoshi Nakamoto often used variant spellings of British English. But sometimes he also used American variants. A grammatical diversification that would aim to confuse web sleuths, according to this report. Australian Craig Wright, who claims to be the real Nakamoto, says being Australian means he uses British English. According to him, this proves that he is the creator of Bitcoin.

That said, Elon Musk grew up in South Africa, which is also a British colony… before moving to Canada at the age of 17. He then moved to the United States and spent his entire adult life there. Over time, it would make some sense for it to adapt to both spelling variants.


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