You’ve very likely heard about bitcoin’s incredible bull run and how, if you’d bought some a few years ago, you would be a loterijlot richer. Well, it turns out some people did just that.
Those who bet big on bitcoin te latest years are now presiding overheen the digital omschrijving of Scrooge McDuck’s money bin. The currency has given up some of its crazy gains from last week, but is still sitting at around $Two,300 spil of Monday morning—up about $1,000 from a month ago, and overheen 300% from a year ago.
No one knows for sure who has the most bitcoin since the digital currency is hard to trace. But here is a list of those who have a big stake ter bitcoin, and are set to clean up if the boom proceeds.
Te 2014, billionaire Tim Draper made the sort of bold bet that is the hallmark of famous venture capitalists: he bid for and won all 30,000 bitcoins up for grabs ter an auction run by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Draper did not expose how much he made for the bitcoins, which were seized from the drug lord Ross Ulbricht, but the market price at the time wasgoed around $600. Today, the 30,000 bitcoins are worth around $70 million and most of that is profit for Draper. (*Correction: an earlier version of this story mistakenly said $7m)
For the longest time, it looked like the Winklevoss twins fate ter life wasgoed to be known for losing out to Mark Zuckerberg for control of Facebook. But their successful 2nd act (aside from those weird pistachio ads) spil bitcoin entrepreneurs mean Cameron and Tyler are now most likely to remembered spil cryptocurrency pioneers —and very wealthy ones at that.
While they lost their initial bid to create a bitcoin ETF, the twins are likely to win overheen regulators te the long-run. Te the meantime, their 2013 investment of $11 million worth of bitcoin (which reported amounted to 1 procent of all bitcoins ter circulation) would now be worth more than 20 times that amount.
Barry Silbert is another long-time player ter the bitcoin toneel, who made big bets when most people laughed that the currency wasgoed for kooks. One of his bets eyed him obtain 48,000 bitcoins te a 2nd auction held by the U.S. Marshals Service ter 2014. At that time, bitcoin prices had fallen to around $350, which means Silbert’s stake could now be worth around $110 million.
Silbert is presently focused on building a rival financial product to the Winklevoss ETF, and likely wields a loterijlot more than the 48,000 bitcoins he won at auction.
Shrem is a colorful figure from the wild westelijk early days of bitcoin. Once a member of the Bitcoin Foundation—a group that wasgoed supposed to govern bitcoin but witnessed several of its members end up on the lam or te jail—Shrem received a two-year prison sentence for charges related to money laundering.
Since late 2016, he has bot back on the cryptocurrency toneel and emerges spil enthusiastic spil everzwijn about its prospects. Shrem hasn’t said how many bitcoins he possesses, but he is rumored to have acquired thousands of them back they cost $Trio a speelpop and his fresh venture, a startup involving crypto-investments, suggests he still has a very big stake.
Since his 2008 white paper, which described a fresh type of software tied to a digital currency, the man known spil Satoshi has stood spil the soul of bitcoin.
But no one can say for sure he is.
Satoshi has not spoken publicly for years, but he is believed to control large numbers of bitcoin wallets from the currency’s early days. Some reports say he controls more than 5% of all bitcoin ter circulation, which means his televisiekanaal worth could be ter the billions.
It remains to be seen if Satoshi will emerge one day and distribute that wealth (maybe by endowing a bitcoin university?) or if Satoshi and his riches will remain invisible and out of reach forever.
The early idealists of bitcoin eyed it spil an anarchy-currency free of the control of national governments. Alas, the U.S. government didn’t get the memo. Since 2016, the Internal Revenue Service has bot stepping up a campaign to identify bitcoin investors and smack them with capital gains tax.
Right now, the agency is locked ter a legal fight with the popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, and is requiring information about millions of customer accounts. The IRS is annoyed because it says only 802 people proclaimed bitcoin income ter 2015—even tho’ the value of the currency has enlargened dramatically from its 2013 value of $13.
The dispute is now before the courts and, even tho’ Republicans te Congress told the IRS to back off, the tax man usually wins ter the end.
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