Age: 26 • Cofounder, RTFKT

- —Lauren Debter and Emmy Lucas

With cofounders Benoit Pagotto and Chris Le, Vasilev launched RTFKT (pronounced artifact) in 2020 to create digital clothing and sneakers for the metaverse. Vasilev previously crafted real-life custom kicks for celebs. “I saw how sneakers were becoming status symbols for Gen Z kids, how physical marketplac­es worked, and I thought it could be more frictionle­ss with digital assets.” In May 2021, RTFKT raised $8 million from Andreessen Horowitz and others and was acquired by Nike that December for an undisclose­d price. This past April, as the NFT craze peaked, Nike worked with RTFKT to launch its first collection for the metaverse, releasing 20,000 digital sneakers dubbed Nike Dunk Genesis CRYPTOKICK­S. Some special editions fetched upward of $130,000 each. Samer Abu Farha, 22

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