Estonian Bank Founder Holds $472 Million in Ethereum but Lost Private Key

Rain Lõhmus, the founder of Estonian bank LHV, faces the predicament of holding approximately $472 million worth of ether (ETH) that he cannot access because he has lost the private key to the wallet.

Lõhmus acquired 250,000 ETH during the cryptocurrency’s initial coin offering (ICO) in 2014 for $75,000, and the crypto has remained untouched ever since.


This situation became a subject of curiosity when Coinbase director Conor Grogan raised it on social media in February. In a later interview, Lõhmus acknowledged his wallet’s existence, stating that he hadn’t made significant efforts to recover the private key but was open to assistance.

The loss of private keys is a significant risk for cryptocurrency users, as they can permanently lose access to their digital assets. Wallet providers have been working on solutions to address this issue, but their adoption in the crypto community remains debatable.

This case serves as a reminder of the importance of safeguarding private keys and the need for robust solutions to prevent the loss of valuable cryptocurrencies.


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