This Is Satoshi Nakamoto’s Wallet Address and Net Worth

As Satoshi Nakamoto mined Bitcoin’s genesis block, at least one of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin wallet addresses is easy to find. However, it is likely the Bitcoin creator has hundreds, if not thousands, of unique wallet addresses.

Satoshi Nakamoto has an intriguing history that is shrouded in mystery. Nobody knows exactly who Satoshi was, and the closest many can get to uncovering Nakamoto’s secret pseudonym is by interrogating their Bitcoin wallet address. Although we do not have access to all of Satoshi’s potential BTC holdings, there is one address we know for sure is theirs – the wallet that mined the Bitcoin genesis block. This article will explore Satoshi Nakamoto's wallet address and discover how many Bitcoins it holds in Satoshi's wallet.

What Is Satoshi Nakamoto's Wallet Address?

Satoshi Nakamoto is the founder of Bitcoin and has historically used more than just one wallet address to conduct BTC-related business. But we do know Bitcoin’s genesis block was mined by Satoshi Nakamoto on the 3rd of January 2009. Satoshi Nakamoto’s address that was used to receive BTC from the genesis block is easy to find on a block explorer like or Blockchair.

Satoshi Nakamoto's wallet address is: 1A1zP1eP5QGefi2DMPTfTL5SLmv7DivfNa

satoshi nakamoto wallet address

The Genesis Block rewarded Satoshi Nakamoto with 50 BTC, but interestingly, these assets were not spendable. This is because of how the Bitcoin blockchain was coded, as the transaction to Satoshi’s wallet was not added to the global transaction database used by decentralized blockchain nodes. Therefore, the BTC appeared out of thin air, in contrast to the mining rewards one would receive from validating a normal block.

As far as we can tell, Satoshi has not spent the Bitcoin that can actually be transferred (equivalent to about 22.6 BTC) in this wallet. The “genesis block” wallet address contains 72.6 BTC, which is worth about $2.1m USD as of August 2023.

The wallet has quite a bit of activity, as many users pay homage to the creator of Bitcoin and blockchain technology by sending them small amounts of BTC. For example, the 22nd of July saw 14 independent transactions of approximately ~$2 come into Satoshi’s wallet.

Satoshi Nakamoto's First Transaction

Not long after the genesis block was mined, Satoshi Nakamoto made the first-ever peer-to-peer transaction using the Bitcoin blockchain. On June 12, 2009, just three days after the Bitcoin network went live, Nakamoto sent American software engineer Hal Finney 10 BTC using the Bitcoin wallet address 12cbQLTFMXRnSzktFkuoG3eHoMeFtpTu3S.

The address responsible for the outgoing transaction, confirmed as belonging to Satoshi Nakamoto, made several payments on the 12th and 13th of January, 2009 and has remained dormant since. However, much like Satoshi’s genesis block address, crypto enthusiasts have intermittently transferred small amounts of BTC to the wallet. At the time of writing, Satoshi's wallet used to make the first Bitcoin transaction holds 18.43 BTC, equivalent to approximately USD $500k.

Satoshi bitcoin transaction from his wallet

Satoshi's Dormant Bitcoin Wallets

In 2021, several Bitcoin wallets associated with Satoshi Nakamoto that had lay dormant for over a decade began to suddenly make transactions again, raising speculation that these addresses belonged to the creator of cryptocurrency. In December, about 165 BTC was sent from this address (13eab260d303c940243362a7bb92198687fe0a548053380b517a128bb6f1a5ab) to an unknown recipient, marking the first time it’d been used since 2010. At its peak, the address contained 500 BTC, most of which were mined in Bitcoin’s early days in 2009, when Satoshi Nakamoto was still active.

Satoshi bitcoin transaction

How Much Bitcoin Does Satoshi Nakamoto Own?

Given Nakamoto’s penchant for privacy, it is impossible to confirm exactly how many Bitcoins he owns. However, several blockchain analysts have studied transactions from Bitcoin’s early days to provide well-informed estimates. A study from Sergio Demian Lerner differentiated Bitcoin mined in a certain pattern consistent with Satoshi’s public activity to uncover exactly how many they mined before going off the radar. Lerner came to the conclusion Nakamoto may own – or at least once owned – in excess of 1.1 million BTC. At current Bitcoin prices, Satoshi Nakamoto's net worth is $32 billion USD.

More recent research suggests Nakamoto only owns a little over half of Lerner’s estimates, around 6-700,000 BTC. This still amounts to an absurd amount of net worth, totaling well over $15 billion. Regardless of the exact amount Nakamoto owns, it is impossible to find Satoshi Nakamoto’s wallet address because they likely have hundreds, if not thousands. This is because most of the BTC the blockchain creator owns is still held in the transactions of the blocks he mined.

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