Nigerian indistinguishable twins quit gang culture to end up Cryptocurrency tycoons
39-year-old Steve and Sam Williams, who experienced childhood in an extreme south London neighborhood, progressed toward becoming multi-moguls by planning one of the world's driving cryptographic forms of money in their mom's kitchen. .
According to EveningStandard, the twin brothers, whose parents emigrated from Nigeria, spent four years working on the software behind their Populous PPT currency in the family home in Brockley. .
Within the first five days of launching in June last year, demand was so strong that the initial batch of tokens was worth more than £8 million.
Populous is now rated as the 51st most valuable cryptocurrency in the world out of about 2,000, with a market value of about £100m. They own 16 million Populous “tokens” worth a total of £42.3m at today’s price of 3.46 cents per token. .
At the peak of the Bitcoin frenzy at the start of the year, their holding was valued at close to £1 billion. The success means that Sam now lives in a Knightsbridge apartment and Steve, who lives in Essex with his wife and two young children, sends his six-year-old to private school. .
Their offices are in Mayfair and they have become friends with stars, such as rapper 50 Cent and boxer Floyd Mayweather. In an interview, they told the Evening Standard that the outcome could have been very different as they were “always in trouble” as schoolboys. .
Steve said: “It was very tough in terms of gang violence. You had no choice: you either got bullied or you pretended to be part of one of the gangs to safeguard yourself.” .
The three-bedroom terrace where they grew up with their mother, a chef, accountant father and sister, was so cramped that Sam sometimes had to sleep on the sofa. .
Steve studied advanced business in sixth form in Lewisham, while Sam took a course in computer programming. In 2008 Steve was charged and convicted of obtaining money transfers by deception and served 18 months of a three-and-a-half-year jail term. .
He said the experience “made me learn a lot about what it means to be a victim of crime and how it impacts on them.”