Bitcoin has become a golden opportunity to make a
fortune for the people who invested or mined it when it only appeared in 2009.
Who were these Bitcoin early investors, and how rich they became when Bitcoin
exploded the world financial sphere? Let’s observe Top-10 Bitcoin investors and
how they managed to make the way to the top.
Of course, you should start with the author of Bitcoin.
10 years ago, the mysterious founder of the idea of cryptocurrencies, Nakamoto published
an article that described the mechanism of digital currency. After that, the
author of the article disappeared, and it is still unknown whether the name
indicated by him was real or fictitious. But, despite this, few can argue with
the fact that Nakamoto has a lot of Bitcoins. So, in 2013, one of the
developers said that Satoshi should have
about 1 million BTC and if he decided to sell them all at once, then the price
of Bitcoin would definitely go to the bottom.
His fortune is estimated to be about 700,000 BTC. For
the first time, he began to earn using the blockchain in 2011 and predicted
that the growth of this digital currency was inevitable. And so it happened.
Now he is considered to be the largest
BTC investors and owners after Satoshi Nakamoto.
We must pay tribute to the cryptocurrency guru who saw
the huge potential in Bitcoins even at the stage of their inception. In 2014, Silbert,
the founder of Digital Currency Group and a venture capitalist, bought 48
thousand BTC at an auction held by the US Marshals Service. At that time, BTC was
worth $350 per coin, which means that the capital belonging to him grew from $ 16.8 mln to $268.8 mln, i.e. 16
The Winklevoss Twins
Bitcoin biggest investors, the Winklevoss brothers
invested $11 mln (this was about 1% of the cryptocurrency in circulation at
that time) in BTC back in 2013, and now when the price of BTC raised by more
than 21 times, their estimated fortune
is $231 mln.
Perhaps this is the most striking success story in our
chart. His first investment in Bitcoin was a true fail – the cryptocurrency
fell in price from $ 16 to $ 2, but Olaf did not lose faith. Carlson sent his CV
to Coinbase company and appeared to be its first employee to receive a salary
in cryptocurrency. Thanks to his position, he was able to observe the market.
By the time Bitcoin began to rise rapidly, Carlson-Wee had enough coins to
become a millionaire. In 2017, he founded the Polychain Capital hedge fund specializing
in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. In just a few months, the
fund’s assets grew from $4 to $200 million.
Billionaire and venture capitalist Draper made a large
part of his fortune from his early investments in Skype. At one of the
government auctions in 2014, he acquired 30 thousand BTC, having paid $19 mln
for the lot. Today, his Bitcoin capital
is about $171 mln.
The list of rich Bitcoin investors wouldn’t be full
without Bitpay top manager Tony Gallippi. He is also one of the largest
investors in Bitcoin. Gallippi does not specify the volume of its digital
capital, but according to experts, this amount can be estimated at $20 mln.
Among Russians, there are few large owners of Bitcoins.
At least they are in no hurry to declare this. The most famous is Vitaly
Buterin, creator the Ethereum currency. Vitaly exchanged part of the income for
BTC, but the exact amount of BTC he owns is unknown.
Unlike the previous two persons, this pioneer Bitcoin
user has a rather notorious reputation. Being one of the first fans of Bitcoin,
Charlie became a member of the Bitcoin Foundation, but like some of its other
leaders, was under investigation. Once he was caught in offshore transactions
and accused of money laundering. Having received a two-year term on those
charges, the entrepreneur still decided to return to the market with a start-up
directly related to investments in crypto technology. It’s not known exactly
how much Shrem’s capital is in Bitcoin, but since once he acquired several
thousand coins, today this fortune must be worth millions of dollars.
The history of successful investments in Bitcoins made
Koch a legend and inspired many. A young Norwegian came across cryptocurrencies
when he was writing a dissertation on the topic of encryption. In 2009, Koch
acquired 5,000 bitcoins for 150 krons and forgot about them until the media
began to pay more attention to decentralized currencies. He managed to
restorethe private key from the wallet where BTC worth $886,000 was waiting for
At the moment, the three largest Bitcoin-wallets hold up to 99.9 thousand Bitcoin-tokens, which is about $ 670 million. We know one such wallet belongs to the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, another one is owned by the Winklevoss twin brothers. Who is the owner of the third lion’s share of BTC?
It is noteworthy that the American government can be confidently attributed to the number of major investors in Bitcoin. In 2013, during the closure of the anonymous Silk Road trading platform, where illegal trade, including drugs and pornography, was carried out, the FBI seized 144,000 BTC coins! Thus, the US government took possession of the largest Bitcoin wallet on the network. Later, part of the Bitcoins was sold, but the remaining amount is still impressive.