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Durov wrote in billionaires

The founder of social network Vkontakte and messenger Telegram Pavel Durov has become a dollar billionaire. According to preliminary estimates by Forbes magazine, his fortune reached $ 1.7 billion.

For the first time in the list of the richest businessmen of Russia according to Forbes, the actor was hit in 2016 — with a fortune of $ 600 million he took 135th place.

In January 2018 TechCrunch sources reported the Telegram plans to issue its own cryptocurrency, called gram. This messenger will hold the ICO (Initial Coin Offering, the initial placement of tokens), through which, according to various estimates, the company expects to raise as much as $ 850 million to $ 5 billion.

In the same month, the Telegram channel info has published a document that, as claimed by the authors, prepared for the ICO. Of paper indicated that the development of the messenger spent $ 70 million. Most of the budget came in hardware, server support and security for the verification of users.

Source: Reuters