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Who is the richest Bitcoin owner?

Technically, Bitcoin was worth less than 10 cents per bitcoin upon its inception in 2009. The cryptocurrency has risen steadily since then and is now worth around $6000 per Bitcoin. This is the most remarkable appreciation of the value and has created many millionaires over the last eight years.
Here are the top ten people/institutions that held a large amount of Bitcoins over time:
1. Satoshi Nakamoto
The creator of Bitcoin, who hides behind the moniker Satoshi Nakamoto, remains the major holder of bitcoins. The number of bitcoins that Nakamoto owns today is estimated at around 1.1 million, based on the early mining that he did. This is the equivalent of about $6 billion at today’s exchange rate of 1BTC to 6,098 USD. At least Nakamoto has never touched most of his bitcoins, and neither converted them into real-world currencies nor used them for any other purpose. If he were to sell his entire stash, the value of Bitcoin could plummet in an instant.
2. Bulgaria
Bulgaria is currently sitting on one of the biggest stashes of Bitcoin in the world. How did the European nation come into the possession of this enormous sum of money? A crackdown on organized crime by the Bulgarian law enforcement in May 2017 resulted in the seizure of a stash of 213,519 Bitcoins, enough to pay off a quarter of the country’s national debt.
According to Bulgarian authorities, the criminals used their technical prowess to circumvent taxes. As of June 2018, the virtual coins would be worth more than $1.2 billion. The Bulgarian government has declined to comment on the status of the coins.
3. BitFinex
BitFinex, a crypto exchange, has one of the largest bitcoin wallets with 163,133.38 BTC that are worth approximately $1 billion at the current price of $6,098.24 per bitcoin. The coins are believed to be kept in a cold wallet to protect them from cyber hacks, unauthorized access and other vulnerabilities that a system connected to the internet is prone to.
4. The FBI
The FBI is one of the largest renowned holders of Bitcoin. In September 2013, they brought down Silk Road, the infamous dark web drug bazaar, and seized 144,000 Bitcoin owned by the site’s operator Ross Ulbricht, better known as, “Dread Pirate Roberts”. Ulbricht made critical blunders that allowed investigators to locate the site and link him to it. Users of Silk Road are said to have traded around 9.5 million bitcoins since Ulbricht launched the site in 2011. Even thought the FBI sold a large amount of their Bitcoin holdings or even all, the FBI worth mentioned as they had a fortune in Bitcoin at some point. A large portion of the Bitcoins seized and sold went to Barry Silbert.
5. The Winklevoss Twins
Tyler Winklevoss and Cameron Winklevoss were among the first Bitcoin billionaires. The duo had first gained popularity when they sued the Facebook C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg for allegedly stealing the idea of creating Facebook from them. They were contacted by Zuckerberg to develop the ConnectU site, which was to become Facebook later on.
They used $11 million of the $65 million cash compensation they received from the legal dispute with Zuckerberg to purchase 1.5 million Bitcoins in 2013. Back then, one Bitcoin traded at $120. That investment has increased more than 20000% since then.
The twins allegedly own around 1 percent of all Bitcoin in circulation. Their combined net worth is approximately 400 million. They created the Windex, funded several bitcoin-related ventures and invested $1.5 million in BitInstant.
6. Garvin Andresen
Although bitcoin is the brainchild of Satoshi Nakamoto, Garvin Andresen is credited as the person who made it what it is today. Garvin is one of the people who has been suspected to be Satoshi, a claim he denies. Rather, he says that he had a close relationship with the anonymous cryptographer for many years. The real Satoshi Nakamoto picked him as his successor in late 2010. Garvin became the chief developer of the open source code that determines how Bitcoin operates – and whether it can survive. He was once paid over $200,000 in Bitcoin by the Bitcoin Foundation for his contributions. He had already cashed out multiple times.
7. Roger Ver
Roger Ver, otherwise known as Bitcoin Jesus, is one of the first Bitcoin billionaires and believed to hold or held at least 100,000 bitcoins. The renowned libertarian allegedly dropped out of college to focus on his bitcoin-related projects. Unlike other crypto billionaires out there who are throwing their cash in the typical private Islands or luxury jets, Ver’s dream is to establish his own libertarian nation where every individual is the absolute owner of their own life and are free to do whatever they wish with their person or property. The controversial bitcoin evangelist renounced his U.S. citizenship in 2014 and relocated permanently to a small Caribbean Island.
8. Barry Silbert
Silbert is a venture capitalist and founder of Digital Currency Group. He was an early adopter of Bitcoin. He purportedly walked away with an eye-watering 48,000 Bitcoins in an auction held by the U.S. Marshals Service in 2014. The US government had confiscated much of the crypto coins from Ross Ulbricht, the alleged operator of the dark web marketplace for drugs and other illegal products. Bitcoin was then worth $350, which means Silbert’s coins have skyrocketed in value from $16.8 million to $288 million.
9. Charlie Shrem
Charlie Shrem is no doubt one of the most controversial Bitcoin millionaires. He invested in a large quantity of Bitcoin in the early days of the cryptocurrency. Shrem was also an active member of the Bitcoin Foundation and founded BitInstant when he was just 22 years old. By the end of December 2014, Shrem had been found guilty of money laundering and received a two-year prison sentence. After his release from federal custody, he unveiled a startup called Intellisys Capital, a company that sells investment portfolios in blockchain companies.
10. Tony Gallippi
A famous business magnate Tony Gallippi is also believed to be one of the big holders of bitcoins. He is the brain behind BitPay, one of the most popular Bitcoin payment service providers in the world. The company was launched in May 2011 and processes over one million dollars per day. Bitpay is also one of the companies to sign contracts with major companies including Microsoft, Dell, TigerDirect, and Newegg. By 2014, the company had employed approximately 100 people.
Conclusion
It is estimated that the top 1000 bitcoin addresses own approximately 35% of the total bitcoin in circulation. There are also thousands of individuals who hold large stashes of bitcoin but have chosen to remain anonymous.
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If you own Bitcoin and are thinking of selling please do yourself a favor and WATCH this short video, they explain everything you need to know about Bitcoin and where it's headed in the near and long term!
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5692125734001/?#sp=show-clips
These guys currently own $1 Billion USD in Bitcoin, and are daring Wall Street to Short BTC and put their money where their mouth is.
They got in in 2013 and still holding long term, Saying Bitcoin has a much higher value than the global gold market which is an over $6 trillion USD market cap! Currently sitting at less than 5% of the Global Gold Market. So they are convinced there is still a massive amount of growth down the road.
For anyone who doesn't know, these are the guys who started ConnectU with Zuckerburg as their coder. To which they claim he then stole the idea from them and started Facebook without their knowledge. They actually sued Facebook and won $65 Million USD. They are now worth over $1 billion from their Bitcoin investment. Feeling strongly it will continue to rise and is not a bubble. Challenging any of the naysayers to put their money where their mouth is and short it.
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, thought to be among the largest holders of bitcoin, said the advent of futures is just the beginning of a phase of greater acceptance for the cryptocurrency that is often derided as a bubble.
“We think it’s the starting gun to a whole new phase of liquidity and price discovery and sophisticated entrance to the market,” Tyler Winklevoss said during a Bloomberg Television interview.
The Winklevoss twins are co-founders of the Gemini exchange, which Cboe Global Markets Inc. is using as the basis for the daily settlement for the bitcoin futures that began trading this week.
The Winklevoss brothers said in 2013 that they owned almost $11 million worth of bitcoins. If they retained that stake it would be valued at about $950 million today, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The ranking calculates they each have a $1.1 billion fortune as of Monday after taking into account other assets.
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Gêmeos do Facebook viram magnatas do bitcoin

NATHANIEL POPPER, PETER LATTMAN , THE NEW YORK TIMES - O Estado de S.Paulo
Cameron e Tyler Winklevoss foram muitas coisas num curto espaço de tempo: remadores olímpicos, adversários de Mark Zuckerberg no Facebook e até personagens de Os Simpsons. Agora, eles ganharam um novo rótulo: de magnatas do bitcoin (moeda virtual trocada por pessoas anônimas na internet). Os gêmeos idênticos, de 31 anos, juntaram desde o último verão americano o que parece ser um dos maiores portfólios particulares da moeda online que causa tanto alvoroço em Wall Street e no Vale do Silício. Trata-se de uma quantia de US$ 11 milhões - ou ao menos tratava-se até a manhã de quinta-feira passada, quando as negociações foram temporariamente suspensas após uma queda abrupta ter levado o preço de 1 bitcoin para US$ 120 e seu mercado inteiro para US$ 1,3 bilhão. O valor da moeda (que no intervalo de um mês subiu de US$ 35 para US$ 255) chegou a cair 60%.
Cameron (E) e Tyler têm cerca de US$ 11 mi em bitcoins Para os céticos, a agitação em torno da rede do bitcoin se parece mais com a euforia especulativa das tulipas na Holanda dos anos 1600, quando o preço exorbitante da flor levou a uma crise, do que com o começo de uma moeda real. "Dizer que ela é altamente especulativa seria o eufemismo do século", diz Steve Hanke, professor da Universidade Johns Hopkins especializado em moedas alternativas.
Seja lá o que for, o bitcoin se tornou o fenômeno financeiro do momento. Além dos gêmeos, empresas de investimento de risco do Vale do Silício estão começando a mostrar interesse pela tecnologia, embora não usem a moeda. Na semana passada, um grupo de investidores, incluindo Andreessen Horowitz, anunciou que estava financiando a jovem empresa OpenCoin, que está desenvolvendo um sistema global de pagamento virtual.
Para os irmãos Winklevoss, o tumulto nas negociações da semana passada são apenas os efeitos colaterais de uma moeda digital que eles acreditam que se tornará uma espécie de ouro para os especialistas em computação. "Alguns dizem que é um esquema de pirâmide, uma bolha", disse Cameron Winklevoss. "Alguns realmente não querem levá-la a sério. Em algum ponto, essa narrativa vai mudar para 'as moedas virtuais vieram para ficar'. Estamos nos primórdios."
Aposta. Embora pouco se saiba sobre o criador (ou criadores) do bitcoin, é perceptível que o trabalho exigiu um alto nível de programação. O sistema se sustenta a partir de computadores 'emprestados' ao redor do mundo - usuários com máquinas potentes cedem seu poder de processamento para a rede.
Esse espaço virtual pode abarcar uma quantidade finita de moedas (21 milhões), que hoje está ao redor de 11 milhões. Novas moedas são "garimpadas" quando programadores resolvem problemas matemáticos. Eles podem, então, iniciar novas relações de troca.
Por enquanto, poucas empresas reais aceitam bitcoins como pagamento. Mas os defensores da moeda acreditam num futuro em que o dinheiro virtual possa ser usado no Starbucks.
Os Winklevoss usaram parte de seus bitcoins para pagar os serviços prestados por um programador ucraniano que trabalhou no site deles. "Escolhemos colocar nosso dinheiro e nossa fé num arcabouço matemático que é livre de política e de erro humano", disse Tyler.
O bitcoin não é a primeira aposta dos irmãos numa tecnologia emergente. Quando eram alunos de Harvard, eles fundaram a rede social ConnectU e contrataram o colega Mark Zuckerberg para ajudá-los a criar a companhia. Depois que Zuckerberg saiu para iniciar o Facebook, os irmãos o processaram, acusando-o de roubar sua ideia. O caso foi acertado, e os irmãos receberam US$ 20 milhões em dinheiro e ações do Facebook que hoje valem mais de US$ 200 milhões.
Segurança. Os irmãos começaram a se aventurar no bitcoin no meio do ano passado, quando o valor em dólar de cada moeda ainda era de um dígito. Para manter suas posses protegidas de hackers, os gêmeos retiraram esses códigos complexos de qualquer computador conectado em rede, salvaram-nos em pen drives e guardaram esses pen drives em cofres de segurança em bancos de três cidades diferentes.
É difícil verificar se as posses dos Winklevoss se comparam às de outros negociadores, dado o anonimato das contas. E os gêmeos acreditam que alguns dos primeiros usuários do sistema provavelmente têm contas tão grandes quanto as suas.
Durante a oscilação de preços na última semana, eles disseram ter aproveitado para comprar mais bitcoins a valores mais baixos. "Ele (o bitcoin) tem apenas quatro anos e ainda não foi desacreditado como uma alternativa viável ao papel-moeda", disse Tyler Winklevoss. "Podemos estar redondamente enganados, mas estamos curiosos para ver isso avançar um pouco mais."
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The Winklevoss twins (born August 21, 1981; also humorously referred to as the Winklevi or Winklevii) are American rowers and Internet entrepreneurs, Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss.They competed in the men's pair rowing event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.They are known for co-founding HarvardConnection (later renamed ConnectU) along with Harvard University classmate Divya Narendra. Cameron Howard Winklevoss (* 21. August 1981) ist ein US-amerikanischer Unternehmer und Gründer von Winklevoss Capital Management. Er verwaltet sein Kryptowährungs- und Blockchain-Geschäft mit seinem Bruder, dem Zwillingsbruder Tyler Winklevoss.Cameron und Tyler gründeten HarvardConnection (später in ConnectU umbenannt) gemeinsam mit ihrer Klassenkameradin Divya Narendra. Les jumeaux Winklevoss, connus pour leur rôle malheureux dans la création de Facebook, profitent de leurs investissements précoces dans le bitcoin., Tyler et Cameron Winklevoss, les deux ... The Winklevoss twins, Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss, are both graduates of Harvard where they received degrees in economics afterwhich they moved on to receive their MBAs at University of Oxford.They are known for being well-known internet entrepreneurs, however they are also very known as rowers, they competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing in the men’s pair rowing event. Cameron Howard Winklevoss (born August 21, 1981) is an American entrepreneur and founder of Winklevoss Capital Management. He manages his cryptocurrency and blockchain business with his brother, identical twin, Tyler Winklevoss. Cameron and Tyler co-founded HarvardConnection (later renamed ConnectU) with Harvard classmate Divya Narendra.

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