The computer scientist who claims to have invented Bitcoin has won a lawsuit that allows him to hold a stockpile of the cryptocurrency worth billions of dollars.
The jury rejected allegations that Craig Wright’s former business partner, deserved half of the assets.
As a result, Wright will hold 1.1 million bitcoins, worth $54 billion.
However, he will pay $ 100 million to Dave Kleiman’s family for copyright infringement.
The family of Kleiman, a computer security expert who died in 2013, said the two men had worked together to create and mine the first bitcoin, and that Wright had stolen it.
He described the invention of cryptocurrency in 2008 in a white paper published under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.
In 2016, Wright claimed to be Nakamoto, although this claim is disputed.
The Miami jury in the civil lawsuit acquitted Wright of nearly all the cases brought by the Kleiman family.
Wright said the legal ruling confirms that he is the creator of the revolutionary digital asset.
He added, “Obviously, the jury found me so because there would have been no prize otherwise,” noting that this result “is good and remarkable and I feel completely innocent.”