Craig Wright is a different kind of guy. When a Florida court ruled last week that the 51-year-old computer scientist had to pay $100 million (£76 million) to the family of a dead friend and business partner, he professed to be “incredibly relieved”.
Wright, you see, reckons he can afford it. For years the Australian computer scientist, who now lives in Cobham, Surrey, has claimed he is the inventor of bitcoin. It is quite a claim. The digital currency is, as of writing, in total worth nearly £700 billion. That is up from, well, zero when the idea of a “peer-to-peer electronic cash system” was proposed in 2008. Its genesis came in the form of a white-paper document published under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.