During the early years of Bitcoin, there wasn’t a big ‘cool factor involved where the world’s first cryptocurrency is concerned. This is due to the fact that it was regarded as a rather dodgy new technology, which was mostly championed by computer nerds and geeks, along with criminals on the dark web. Moreover, there were not many people who were aware of Bitcoin’s existence and most of them had just chosen to dismiss it as a digital fat or a trivial internet currency that would just blow over in a couple of years.
However, Bitcoin managed to take everyone by surprise when it hit the $20,000 mark in 2017 and has now crossed the $60,000 threshold in 2021. It has made tens of thousands of its early investors into millionaires and has embittered those who missed jumping on the bandwagon early on. Bitcoin has become cool in 2021 and is approaching mass adoption, due to which it is not just tech people, but also a number of celebrities around the globe who are now talking about cryptocurrencies.
As a matter of fact, international celebrities are amongst the most prominent investors in Bitcoin in 2021. Highlighted below are some of the top celebrities who own the first cryptocurrency in the world. It is important to note that some of these have endorsed BTC-related businesses publicly, but have not disclosed how much Bitcoin they have in their bag. Let’s take a look at them:
Even though he had initially been skeptical about cryptocurrencies, Elon Musk has become one of the most influential individuals in the Bitcoin community. He constantly pokes fun at crypto via Twitter, but it is his rockstar status and the massive number of followers that have helped him in earning so much influence in the crypto space. All hell broke loose in January 2021 when he edited his Twitter bio to add #Bitcoin, which pushed up the price of BTC by 25%.
In the same month, Musk had briefly become the world’s wealthiest person. Back in 2019, Musk had defined Bitcoin’s design as ‘brilliant’ and has recently publicly disclosed his support for the cryptocurrency. In addition, his company Tesla also made an investment of $1.5 billion in Bitcoin, which is around 7.7% of the company’s gross cash position and around 15% of its net cash position. As far as the public is aware, he owns around 0.25 BTC, which he had received as a gift from a friend years ago.
Other than Bitcoin, Musk also appears to have a rather publicized love-affair with Dogecoin, which is known as the original meme coin. His support of it is the main reason that its price has spiked in 2021.
The CEO of Square and Twitter, Jack Dorsey, is also another diehard investor of Bitcoin. His fondness for Bitcoin can be traced back to 2017, when he had first started advocating the leading cryptocurrency. Dorsey remained unfazed even during the crypto market crash in 2018 and had gone so far as referring to Bitcoin as the world’s future currency, even though digital currency had hit its lowest point. In March 2019, he disclosed that he spends a few thousand dollars every week for buying Bitcoin.
Other than his personal Bitcoin holdings, Square, his payment company also bought around 4,709 Bitcoin tokens in October 2020. Dorsey also has a Bitcoin node, which means that he has the capability of mining and verifying transactions on the Bitcoin blockchain.
The social media star and renowned former boxer, Mike Tyson had also seen the potential of Bitcoin a lot earlier than other celebrities and had disclosed his support for it back in 2015. He expressed that he was ‘grateful to be part of the revolution. He had also partnered with Bitcoin ATM manufacturers the same year, due to which his face tattoo can be found on BTC ATMs. Furthermore, he also collaborated with Bitcoin Direct for launching a mobile BTC wallet.
Game of Thrones actress, Maisie Williams also jumped onto the Bitcoin bandwagon in November 2020. She had asked her followers on Twitter for advice about whether to ‘go long on Bitcoin’. This tweet ended up attracting more than 900,000 people and nearly half of them advised her to not do so. Luckily, it seemed that she had already made up her mind because she said that she had already bought some. It was undoubtedly a smart move because Bitcoin’s price has quadrupled since then.
Owner of Dallas Mavericks and billionaire shark tank star, Mark Cuban seems to be in a love-hate relationship with Bitcoin. There came a time when he advised people to invest about 10% of their portfolio in Bitcoin and then later said that he would rather invest in bananas than he would be BTC. He disclosed his Bitcoin holdings in April 2020, which had been worth just $130 back then but have now quadrupled.
However, he clarified later on that he has owned a number of other cryptocurrencies since Coinbase’s early days. Cuban had spoken on Anthony Pompliano’s podcast and had encouraged people to invest in Bitcoin. However, he had admitted that he would only be willing to invest a huge sum of money into Bitcoin when the virtual currency could be spent easily without having to convert it into fiat. His basketball team, Dallas Mavericks, has also been accepting Bitcoin payments for tickets since 2019 via BitPay.
The American rapper jumped on the Bitcoin train during its early days in 2012 and had made his music available for purchase via BTC. Every album carried a price label of 0.3 BTC, which is valued at more than $17,000 today. However, it is not clear as to how many albums he sold nor does anyone know about how much Bitcoin he holds. Nonetheless, he supports the crypto community and is also a fan of Dogecoin.
Some of the other celebrities that should also be added to this list include Richard Branson, Kanye West, Steven Seagal, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Donald Glover, and Gwyneth Paltrow.