13 Celebrities Who Back Cryptocurrency And May Own Millions in Bitcoin

  • There’s no shortage of public figures who have advocated crypto as the currency of the future.
  • From artists like Pitbull and Snoop Dogg to actors Johnny Depp and Ashton Kutcher, recent years have seen a surge in the number of celebrities to get involved with cryptocurrencies.
  • Some of them could be in possession of millions of dollars worth of bitcoin.

Up until relatively recently, cryptocurrency hadn’t captured the interest of the general public; it was reserved almost exclusively for the engineers, developers, and entrepreneurs who had been involved in its conception around a decade ago.

However, the bitcoin bubble in 2017 caused cryptocurrencies to soar in value, and led to millions purchasing cryptoshares and even setting up their own mining farms.

Despite the considerable drop in the value of bitcoin over the past year, experts are predicting a new cryptocurrency boom in the near future, possibly from 2020.

With a considerable number of public figures already investing their fortunes in cryptocurrency, more seem to be jumping on board with cryptocurrency for business ventures and more.

Here are 13 celebrities who have publicly backed various cryptocurrencies.

Bill Gates

Despite having reservations about Bitcoin more recently, Gates is one of the most well-known bitcoin-invested public figures in the world.

“Bitcoin is exciting because it shows how cheap it can be,” he explained in an interview. “Bitcoin is better than currency in that that you don’t have to be physically in the same place and, of course, for large transactions, currency can get pretty inconvenient.”

Gwyneth Paltrow

Though Gwyneth Paltrow receives a lot of attention in the media, often for questionable health advice on her lifestyle website “Goop”, the actress is involved in a number of other business ventures too.

Paltrow is another advocate of crypto — in fact, she was the face of bitcoin wallet, Abra, as well as becoming an advisor there from August 2017.

Last November Paltrow shared an article on Twitter on “The Basics of Bitcoin and Crypto Currency, and How to Invest”.

Paris Hilton

Despite controversy over the owner of LydianCoin having been convicted of domestic violence, in September 2017 Hilton stated that she was “looking forward to participating in the new” ICO.

Snoop Dogg

Although it’s not known how many albums he ultimately sold, Snoop Dog was selling them at 0.3 BTC in 2013.

Based on bitcoin value today, he could possibly have earned over roughly $1,000 per album. The artists also made an appearance at an XRP Community Night crypto party.

Ashton Kutcher

As well as founding his own investment firm “A-Grade” in 2010, Ashton Kutcher has invested in UnikoinGold along with billionaire Mark Cuban.

The esports gambling startup responsible for the currency, Unikrn, marketed UnikoinGold as a currency to be used for betting on the likes of League of Legends, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

The actor has also invested in Uber, Airbnb, and BitPay in the past.

Hugh Laurie

British actor, Hugh Laurie, well known for his role as Gregory House, M.D, hadn’t had any particular interest in crypto up until four years ago.

However, in 2015, a friend suggested he invest in Bitcoin, at which time it was starting to rocket in value.

At the behest of a friend, Laurie invested in BTC at the value of $5,000.

Mike Tyson

As well as investing in Bitcoin, Tyson has produced Bitcoin ATMs branded with his face tattoo.

In collaboration with Bitcoin Direct, he also came up with a Bitcoin Wallet with the same branding as the ATM.

In 2015, Engadget reported that he had launched a Bitcoin ATM system, a virtual wallet operated using bitcoins.

Pitbull

In April 2018, Pitbull announced that, in conjunction with eMerge Americas, he would be launching Smackathon — a cryptocurrency to revolutionize payments in the music industry.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi became brand ambassador for Israeli company Sirin Labs in late 2017.

Sirin Labs is producing the world’s first crypto smartphone and, according to the his Instagram, the footballer is backing it.

A post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on Dec 7, 2017 at 6:26am PST

Ethereum World News reported at the end of last year that the Finney phone is now available and has a variety of features aimed specifically at crypto users.

Mel B

Mel B became the first British artist to begin accepting bitcoin as payment for her 2014 Christmas single through a partnership with CloudHashing.

Cloudhashing is among the biggest companies in the industry offering bitcoin-mining contracts.

“I love how new technology makes our lives easier, and to me that’s exciting,” said the artist, on announcing that she’d be accepting crypto payments. “Bitcoin unites my fans around the world using one currency.”

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been promoting several ICOs for some time, including Stox, Hubii Network, and Centra.

In 2017, he tweeted:

Madonna

Madonna, along with Bill Clinton, is one of many public figures involved in spreading the word about how easy and secure cryptocurrency is as a payment method.

The Queen of Pop teamed up with Facebook and Ripple last year for an online fundraiser to benefit her Raising Malawi foundation.

Ripple matched each dollar donated to the campaign, with Madonna describing Ripple’s involvement as a “generous commitment” to her organization.

Johnny Depp

While the Johnny Depp has received a lot of tumultuous publicity over the past few years, in part, down to his unusual spending habits, the actor hasn’t shied away from getting involved in crypto.

Last autumn, the actor became a partner at blockchain startup TaTaTu.

According to CCN, the platform rewards users in the form of tokens for interacting with content like films and games.


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Business Insider Lists 13 Crypto-Friendly Celebs Who May Own Millions in Bitcoin

Business Insider recently listed 13 celebrities who support cryptocurrencies and may hold some coins themselves.

Cryptocurrency is designed to be the future of money, and it appears many celebrities strongly back this notion or revolutionary technology behind it.

Business Insider recently listed 13 celebrities who have shown support cryptocurrencies publicly and may be holders of digital currencies themselves.

The list contains celebs from a range of different backgrounds including sports stars, actors, business people and musicians.

Business Insider state that some of the celebrities “could be in possession of millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin.”

Singers/Entertainers:

#1 Snoop Dogg: When hardly anyone else saw the potential of Bitcoin, Snoop Dogg was selling his album for 0.3 BTC online in 2013. It is unknown how many of these albums he sold, but by today’s BTC valuation, he could have earned more than $1,000 per sale. The hip hop guru also appeared at the XRP Community Night crypto party.

#2 Pitbull: He aimed to launch a new cryptocurrency called Smackathon along with eMerge Americas, which was designed for sending payments in the music industry. Pitbull publicly announced this in April 2018 as reported by CNBC.

#3 Mel B: The former Spice Girl partnered with CloudHashing in 2014, a company offering Bitcoin-mining contracts, and started accepting BTC as payment for her Christmas Single in 2014.

#4 Madonna: The Queen of Pop teamed up with Ripple and Facebook to raise money for her Raising Malawi Foundation. The online fundraising event included Ripple matching every dollar donated to the campaign.

Business People:

#5 Bill Gates: The Microsoft founder who is known for his philanthropic efforts is a well-known BTC invested public figures. Though at one point he did say he would short Bitcoin if he could, he has also previously spoken about its usefulness in processing payments and that Bitcoin’s low costs make it exciting.

Socialites:

#6 Paris Hilton: The hotel heiress and media personality publicly announced in September 2017 that she is looking forward to the ICO of LydianCoin.

Sports Personalities:

#7 Mike Tyson: The celebrated boxer has produced Bitcoin ATMs and Wallets (with Bitcoin Direct) that used branding which replicates his face tattoo. He is a well-known Bitcoin investor.

#8 Lionel Messi: One of the most celebrated footballers of this generation, Messi became the face of the first crypto smartphone in the world, produced by Israeli firm Sirin Labs.

#9 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.:

Mayweather has promoted several ICOs including Hubii Network, Stox, and the controversial Centra. His involvement in the ICO scene also led to the SEC filing charges against him.

Actors:

#10 Gwyneth Paltrow: Gwyneth Paltrow is involved in several business ventures, and crypto is one of her interests. The MCU actress became the face of Abra, a Bitcoin wallet and has served as an advisor to the project since 2017. In November 2018, she also shared an article on Twitter, talking about the fundamentals of crypto and Bitcoin and how to invest in digital assets.

#11 Ashton Kutcher: Actor-turned-investor Ashton Kutcher isn’t shy about his crypto investments. He and his Shark Tank colleague Mark Cuban have invested together in UnikoinGold- a currency for online gaming in popular games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2 and League of Legends. He also invested in BitPay.

#12 Hugh Laurie: More popularly known as Dr. House, Laurie invested in Bitcoin in 2015. Not much is known about his current holdings.

#13 Johnny Depp: Depp’s extravagant lifestyle has raised many eyebrows over the years, but he has shown interest in cryptos as well. He became a partner at TaTaTu, a blockchain startup last year.

The full original version of Business Insider’s article can be found here.


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