In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, or you are just getting into crypto, 2017 was the year cryptocurrencies exploded into the scene. Bitcoin went from $1000 to almost $20,000 and the whole crypto market cap grew from a mere $18 billion to an all time high of $815 billion. This exponential growth not only got the attention of the general public but also of stars and celebrities. Below we will list the top 5 most well-known crypto celebrities and how they contributed to the cryptosphere.
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson was probably the first well known musical artist to adopt crypto. In 2014 he started accepting Bitcoin purchases of his album “Animal Ambition” and was able to amass 700 bitcoins (worth around $700 at the time). Approximately three years late we find 50 Cent bragging on social media about his newfound Bitcoin wealth and how he even had forgotten about his Bitcoin stash. News publications reported he had approximately $8 million back in January. However, his social media posts regarding Bitcoin were deleted and in his recent bankruptcy documents he admitted that he had never actually owned bitcoin, they were actually sold by a third party shortly after receiving them. Was 50 Cent lying on social media or to the bankruptcy court? We’ll let the reader decide for himself.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather is renowned for being a great athlete, having an undefeated boxing record of 50-0, but he has other skills outside the ring, money making skills. Floyd had already shown his love for bitcoin and before his historical fight with Conor Mcgregor, he started using his influence on social media to market ICO projects. Some celebrities like Paris Hilton, Jamie Foxx, and Lionel Messi followed the trend but the “Moneymaker” was the one who capitalized the most on last years ICO hype. He promoted three ICO and one of the projects was later hit with a class action lawsuit.
A former title contender at the UFC and current Bellator welterweight champion, Rory “Red King” MacDonald is known for supporting Bitcoin for many years now. He references Bitcoin frequently on his Twitter and first started buying it in 2014. He is probably the most knowledge celebrity on the list regarding Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. On his last fight, where he fought and won the former champion Douglas Lima, he wore shorts with the Dash logo on them earning him 330 Dash, worth about $355,000 at the time.
Ashton Kutcher has been somehow absent from Hollywood in recent times. This is because he has shifted his focus from acting to business. He has made appearances on the Shark Tank tv show and his venture capitalism firm (A-Grade Investments) has funded successful projects in the technology space like Uber, Airbnb, and Spotify. He has also spoken widely about the benefits of Bitcoin and decentralized technology and has invested in crypto related projects Bitpay and Unikoin Gold. He is not the only Shark that has entered the crypto space, Mark Cuban has also invested in the Unikoin Gold project and South African Shark Vinny Lingham is one of the founders of Civic.
The third fighter on our list is boxing legend Mike Tyson. He partnered with Bitcoin Direct and created his own company, Mike Tyson Bitcoin (yes, that’s the real name of the company), that owns a line of Bitcoin ATMs. The ATMs are personalized and the first of the 100 branded ATMs found its home on a Las Vegas casino. Not only that but another partnership with BitPay resulted in the Mike Tyson Digital Wallet, a Bitcoin wallet personalized with Tyson’s infamous face tattoo. If you ever need Bitcoin fast remember that the Mike Tyson ATM can “turn your cash into Bitcoin faster than a Mike Tyson knockout”.
Honorable Mention: Katy Perry
The list could not be complete without Katy Perry’s cryptonails. For future reference, if Katy Perry ever posts something crypto related again on her instagram then maybe it’s time to sell our holdings.