Cryptocurrency, in its infancy, was something foreign to most people. Among other things, due to their nature, in the beginning, it was difficult for many people to understand them, let alone invest. But over time, cryptocurrencies began to gain traction, and their reputation grew. The days when only engineers, developers, and entrepreneurs invested in them are gone.
With the release of the various crypto apps and the creation of tools, it became possible for even the simplest citizen to invest. Thus, many people began to become acquainted with the world of crypto, including famous and influential people in the world.
Moreover, celebrities have an impact on the world, but celebrities have also impacted the development and growth of this industry throughout the short history of cryptocurrencies.
Now, let’s look at 9 celebrities who have invested in cryptocurrency and who publicly back them.
1. Snoop Dogg
Back in 2013, when bitcoin was not as popular as today, Snoop Dogg planned to make his record available to buy in bitcoin. He sold the albums at 0.3 BTC back then, although the total number of albums sold is unknown. He also was seen at an XRP Community Night crypto party.
2. Paris Hilton
In 2017, in a tweet that was later deleted by the TV star, Paris Hilton offered support to the new coin that had emerged, called LydianCoin. She stated that she was looking forward to participating in the new ICO. But the coin later ended up being convicted of domestic violence.
3. Bill Gates
Bill Gates is one of the richest persons in the world and a very well known investing figure. He gave an interview for Bloomberg in 2014, where he spoke positively for bitcoin. He precisely said: “Bitcoin is exciting because it shows how cheap it can be. Bitcoin is better than currency in that you don’t have to be physically in the same place, and for large transactions, currency can get pretty inconvenient”. Once, he actually got bitcoin as a birthday present.
4. Elon Musk
Except for making electric cars and planning to send people to Mars, Elon Musk likes to tweet often about cryptocurrencies. Although he is an innovator and he likes finances, he does not own a lot of bitcoin. In 2018 he tweeted saying, “I literally own zero cryptocurrencies, apart from .25 BTC that a friend sent me many years ago”. However, he may not own a lot of bitcoin, but his tweets are undoubtedly impressive, like this one. Furthermore, would Elon Musk invest in bitcoin trader? Well, there have been some rumors that he has invested in cryptocurrency trading bots, but it is not sure yet.
5. Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson saw it coming very early. He saw the opportunity before it had really taken off. Except investing in bitcoin, he produced Bitcoin ATMs branded with his face tattoo. Furthermore, he launched a Bitcoin Wallet in collaboration with Bitcoin Direct with the same branding as the ATM.
6. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is a great tennis player but a courageous cryptocurrency investor also. In 2014 she launched an investment company, Serena Ventures. Moreover, this company invested in Coinbase, becoming another awesome cryptocurrency backer. According to the official Serena Ventures website, the market cap of the portfolio is over $12 billion. The website further notes that the fund is focused on early-stage companies encourages collaboration among portfolio companies and expands partnership opportunities.
7. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is considered one of the greatest players of all time and often referred to as the greatest of all time. Messi is a master of goals, dribbles, skills, and has consistently produced magic on the field since his debut for Barcelona in 2003. Moreover, Messi is familiar with blockchain technology. The Argentinian Superstar became a global brand ambassador for Sirin Labs, the blockchain-based secure smartphone and all-in-one PC. Messi is one of the most famous people in the world. He has a huge fanbase. He is an idol to many people around the globe, so after his Instagram post, he said that he was excited about blockchain. Many people saw blockchain technology differently after that.
8. Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather has never been defeated in a boxing match. Probably that’s where all the courage to invest in cryptocurrency comes from. In 2017 he tweeted, saying that he was spending bitcoins ethereum and other types of cryptocurrency in Beverly Hills. He also stated that we could call him Floyd Crypt Mayweather.
9. Manny Pacquiao
Nobody can disagree that Manny Pacquiao is one of the best box fighters in the world, but except boxing, Pacquiao is known for his humanitarian actions in the Philippines also. Furthermore, Pacquiao launched world-first celebrity cryptocurrency: the PAC coin, which is listed on Singapore’s Global Crypto Offering Exchange (GCOX).
10. Ashton Kutcher
The famous Hollywood actor, Ashton Kutcher, is a big tech investor and a blockchain technology fan. Kutcher is a role model for many people around the world, and his involvement in cryptocurrency is a great thing for the industry. In 2013 during an interview for CNBC, he had said, “I think bitcoins are obviously becoming more and more relevant.” Moreover, Kutcher has invested in UmikoinGold along with billionaire Mark Cuban. He also has invested in Airbnb, Uber, and BitPay in the past.
11. Kanye West
Kanye West, considered as one of the best rappers out there, has expressed interest in bitcoin. During an interview in 2018 with radio personality Charlamagne, West mentioned bitcoin in reference to Harriet Tubman’s becoming the new face of the $20 bill. “That was the moment that I wanted to use bitcoin when I saw Harriet Tubman on a $20 bill”, he said, pointing out that everyone needs to look forward to the future to inspire progress. Right after the interview, he tweeted “decentralize,” sparking a huge debate on Twitter, with all the crypto enthusiasts jumping in. However, since then, West has remained relatively silent, related to cryptocurrencies and bitcoin. His involvement though was another awesome backing for cryptocurrencies.