On January 3, 2009, a mysterious person (or group of people) working under the name Satoshi Nakamoto created a digital currency known as bitcoin and forever changed the way we as a society think about money. Bitcoin and other similar blockchain-based cryptocurrencies can be exchanged electronically without the need of a central bank or administrator.
Since most digital currencies are decentralized, they can be difficult to track, which has made them somewhat controversial. However, this hasn’t stopped several high profile celebs from backing, accepting, and even investing in bitcoin and other forms of digital currency.
With that in mind, let's take a look at a few of them.
Ashton Kutcher is an actor who has had success in both film and television. He got his big break portraying Michael Kelso on the hit Fox series That 70s Show. The sitcom star is also in flicks like The Butterfly Effect and Just Married.
Kutcher has been on the bitcoin bandwagon for several years now. Back in 2013, the Hollywood standout invested in BitPay. BitPay is basically a processor that allows vendors to accept bitcoin as payment. The actor has attended various events like TechCrunch Disrupt NY, where he has spoken about bitcoin and decentralized technology. Kutcher has also invested in other forms of digital currency such as Ripple.
Snoop Dogg is a rapper who burst on the scene in the 1990s and has never looked back. The hip hop icon is the man behind popular songs like “Gin & Juice,” What’s My Name,” and “Snoop’s Upside Ya Head.” He’s been nominated for 17 Grammy’s but has yet to win one.
Snoop is another celeb who has had his eye on the cryptocurrency world for a while now. Back in 2013, he allowed fans to purchase his album for 0.3% of a bitcoin – which was worth roughly the price of CD at the time. At press time, that same amount is valued at over $300 (USD).
Kim Kardashian was gone from being a reality television star to a global phenomenon. She has millions of social media follower, several successful brands, and is one of the most talked about women in entertainment.
In the summer of 2018, a crypto entrepreneur by the name of Matthew Roszak gave Kim K a physical bitcoin, which was worth around $8,000 at the time. While this wasn’t a particularly large sum of money by the reality queen's standard, it didn’t stop her from taking to Instagram and posting, “We moved onto Bitcoin!” While it may have been a publicity stunt, the move generated plenty of mainstream buzz for the world’s most popular form of digital currency.
“Funky” Ben Askren is a mixed martial artist who currently fights for the UFC. The talented grappler and Olympic wrestler is a former Bellator Welterweight Champion. As a fighter, Askren is sporting a professional record of 18-1-1, having only recently lost his first bout on July 6, 2019, at UFC 239. He is an outspoken top tier fighter who also has a very solid social media game.
Those who follow Askren on social media know he is a major supporter of Bitcoin, Litecoin, and cryptocurrency as a whole. “Funky” is even a brand ambassador for the digital currency Litecoin, who sponsored him in his fight against Robbie Lawler at UFC 235.
Richard Sherman is a cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers. However, the 4-time Pro Bowler is best known for his years with the Seattle Seahawks (2011-2017) where he was part of a secondary dubbed the “Legion of Boom.” Sherman was a member of the Seattle team that won Super Bowl XLVIII, back in back in February of 2014.
Sherman made crypto headlines by becoming the first big-name athlete to accept Bitcoin for merchandise on his official website. Since that time he’s been an outspoken advocate for cryptocurrency. He even became a spokesperson for digital currency exchange called Cobinhood in 2017.
Mike Tyson is one of the most recognized names in the sport of professional boxing. In 1986, the then 20-year-old Tyson made history by knocking out Trevor Berbick to become the youngest heavyweight champ of all-time. From the late 80s to the early 2000s, the hard-hitting heavyweight was one of the most famous athletes in the world.
Back in 2015, the boxing great decided to become something of a crypto entrepreneur by launching his very own Mike Tyson brand of Bitcoin ATMs. The machines, which were designed to turn cash into Bitcoin, debuted in Las Vegas. While Tyson admitted he wasn’t a digital currency guru per se, he was still happy to lend his name to the product.
With a song catalog that features hits like “The World Is Yours,” “It Ain’t Hard to Tell,” and “Hate Me Now,” Nas has established himself as a rap icon. Whenever there’s a list that features the greatest rappers of all-time, Nas’s name is almost certainly on it.
The hip hop legend has been a huge bitcoin supporter. At one point, he even publicly stated that bitcoin could become bigger than the internet. Back in 2014, crypto website Bitcoinist announced that NAZ would be investing in the crypto exchange, coinbase. The same article also stated that we could be financially backing as many as 500 other bitcoin startups.
Icelandic singer Bjork has been making music since she was 11-years-old. The eccentric artist has become an international star having created hits like “Army of Me,” “Hyperballad,” and “It’s Oh So Quiet.” In total, she has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards.
In 2017, Bjork (or her camp at least) announced that fans could now purchase her albums using bitcoin. The singing sensation didn’t stop there and was also willing to accept three other forms of digital currencies. Litecoin, dash, and AudioCoin were listed among the other forms of crypto that could be used to buy the popular singer’s records.
Sir Richard Branson is arguably the most famous businessman in the world. In the 1970s he founded the Virgin Group, which includes roughly 400 companies. In 2004 the innovative business mogul founded Virgin Galactic – a corporation that hopes to one-day make space tourism a reality.
Branson is yet another high profile figure who has expressed enthusiasm toward bitcoin over the last several years. He even invested in a London-based company called blockchain, which is named after the underlying technology that supports Bitcoin. Blockchain provides virtual Bitcoin wallets as well as a variety of analytical tools that support the tech behind it.
Joe Rogan is an entertainer who wears many hats. He is famous podcast host, comedian, and even does color commentary for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His show, The Joe Rogan Experience, has become one of the most popular podcasts on the planet.
Rogan was an early crypto supporter and knows a good deal about the blockchain technology behind it as well. On episode 844 of The Joe Rogan experience, his guest was a bitcoin author and entrepreneur Andreas Antonopoulos who is a something of a celebrity in the cryptocurrency community. The comedian has been known to talk at length about both bitcoin and other forms of digital currency.