Gone are the times when Bitcoin was synonymous with illicit activities. Today's celebs of all stripes are turning on to what used to be the obscure money of choice for the internet’s dark places. The number of real crypto-enthusiasts among both A-listers and rank-and-file celebrities is growing rapidly so we’ve compiled a list of rich and famous who are really into cryptocurrency. They use crypto cards and Bitcoin wallets and are not afraid to tell millions of their fans about it.
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Famous Hollywood actor, Ashton Kutcher, is a big technology investor. He owns his own venture capital firm, A-Grade Investments, which has financed companies like Uber, Spotify and Airbnb in recent years. His company has invested in BitPay, the payment processor that allows merchants to accept payments in Bitcoin. Also his firm is backing Unikrn, an eSports betting digital platform. In 2012 Kutcher took part in TechCrunch Disrupt NY.
American rapper Nas has a flourishing career in the venture funding sector. His firm, QueensBridge Venture Partners, has invested 25 million dollars into Bitcoin through coinbase wallet. He also invested in 40 start-up companies.
Football star Lionel Messi is the global brand ambassador of Sirin Labs, the creator of a blockchain-based secure smartphone and PC. As a star with more than 90 million followers on his social media channels, Messi helped in spreading awareness about the benefits of blockchain.
Speaking of sports stars, boxing-legend Mike Tyson got into a partnership with Bitcoin Direct to introduce Bitcoin ATM, including a crypto wallet with his face tattoo for Android and iOS. Users will be able to buy or sell Bitcoin through his bitcoin wallet with Gildera exchange.
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The bitcoin wallet startup Abra was able to impress the renowned actress and entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow with the pitch during an episode of Planet of the Apps. The A-list actress joined the team as an advisor.
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 bitcoin. Just before bitcoin’s value began to deflate at the beginning of 2018 following the 2017 bull run, this sum was worth just north of $7 million.
Founder of Virgin Group and well known British billionaire Sir Richard Branson is also interested in Bitcoin investments. Now Virgin group is pursuing the Atlanta Bitcoin startup Bitpay and Richard has invested up to 30 million dollars into Bitcoin. The startup is undergoing to develop software tools and it is estimated to add 70 jobs to the startup.
A popular singer Bjork has also shown interest in Bitcoin investments as all know she is famous for her music albums. She invited her fans to purchase her albums through Bitcoin, Litecoin, Audiocoin etc. payment methods in order to raise cryptocurrency in their wallets to earn the best profits.
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Famous rapper Ghostface Killah has invested in Cream Capital, which is involved in building the largest network of crypto ATMs in the world. The company offers tokens, called Cream Cash.
The godfather of skateboarding has been “riding” [bitcoin] for 6 years. By the way, he is an owner of The Tony Hawk Foundation, dedicated to building skate parks for American youth, has added Bitcoin as a tool to offer wider donation options.
Mel B was a trendsetter during her time as a Spice Girl — and she still is. She was quick to recognize the potential of cryptocurrency and has partnered with London-based CloudHashing, to become one of the first musicians to accept Bitcoin payments for her music in 2013. Mel B also said: “Bitcoin unites my fans around the world using one currency”.
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As we had promised, we prepared a list of blockchain and cryptocurrency events in November 2018. Here they are for you:)