Bitcoin has gone mainstream and some people have seen its huge potential at this early stage and celebrities are no exemption.
This article aims to share with you the most notable celebrity icons who have not spared themselves from the Bitcoin’s limelight.
One of rap’s most prolific artists and producers, Kanye West spoke briefly about Bitcoin in a May 2018 interview with radio personality Charlamagne. He mentioned Bitcoin twice in the interview, the second and most notable time in reference to Harriet Tubman’s becoming the new face of the $20 bill.
Before the interview, Kanye West tweeted out, “decentralize,” a stand-alone nod to the cryptocurrency industry that its adherents treated like manna sent down from heaven.
West said, “That was the moment that I wanted to use Bitcoin when I saw Harriet Tubman on a $20 bill.”
Kanye West remained relatively silent about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general after such tweets.
‘90’s heartthrob Ashton Kutcher is also one of Bitcoin’s chief proponents among the Hollywood elite.
In the 2013 TechCrunch Disrupt Conference, Kutcher said,
“I think Bitcoins are obviously more and more relevant. The fact that people are hacking Bitcoins really hard, it almost hearkens back to when banks first started and they didn’t have safe safes and people were going into the banks and just robbing money out of the safe. It actually validates the value of the money itself. I think the fact that you can buy drugs and ammo with it actually [validates] the currency itself.”
Ashton Kutcher donated $4 million worth of XRP to Ellen Degeneres’ wildlife charity fund in 2018.
He is dubbed as the “Baddest Man on the Planet” and former heavyweight boxing champion of the world and now, he is a bitcoiner.
“People don’t really understand a currency based on numerical equations. I personally still don’t … but I’m grateful to be a part of the revolution and hoping that my participation in this space will lead to more conversations and help increase knowledge and awareness,” Tyson told during in a 2015 interview.
Tyson launched his own line of Bitcoin ATMs in Las Vegas in 2015. It is named Mike Tyson Bitcoin, each unit of which is aptly branded with his famous facial tattoo.
Renowned rapper, 50 Cent, accidentally made millions in Bitcoin by selling an album for the cryptocurrency, holding it, and forgetting about it.
His 2014 album, Animal Ambition, garnered the rap star 700 Bitcoins to which is worth about over $600 million today.
He tweeted, “Not bad for a kid from the South Side,” during his celebration about the accidental hodl. Such a tweet was then removed/deleted.
Nasir Jones, better known by his rap pen name, Nas, dropped the rap act to begin a new life as a Silicon Valley tech VC (Venture Capital).
In 2014, when Bitcoin was San Francisco’s hot new thing, this included investing in a startup called Coinbase. He learned about Bitcoin through Andreesen Horowitz Co-Founder Ben Horowitz.
During an interview, Nas said, “[Bitcoin] will evolve into an industry as big, if not bigger, than the internet. My man Ben Horowitz really opened my eyes to that point. This isn’t of the internet age, Bitcoin is its own age.”
Indeed, Bitcoin’s mass adoption is taking its course gradually yet it is highly inevitable. Those who have taken action way ahead of the majority are now reaping the rewards. Will you be the next Bitcoin’s success story?