How many 50 cent pieces in $7 million? 14 million. The story goes like this: 50 Cent released an album called Animal Ambition back in 2014, and it was terrible. Never mind, what matters is that 50 Cent allowed fans to purchase said album using Bitcoin, which at the time wasn’t worth all that much. The hip hop star reportedly raked in the equivalent of around $450,000 for his troubles. According to Fiddy himself, he forgot all about this, and then woke up one morning in January 2018 with the news that his investment had grown to around $7.8 million. Which I imagine was good news, considering the man filed for bankruptcy only two years earlier.
Nobody lives under a rock, it's impossible, which is why you know that Bitcoin was one of the hottest topics of 2017. We all listened as early groupies of the currency screamed about their brilliant business senses, proceeding to tell everyone else how stupid they were for not investing in the currency themselves. And you know what? It’s true. I really do wish I’d done that. The problem is that I know absolutely nothing about how Bitcoin works. I even tried to read some guide about this stuff and it was hella boring and geeky, and so I stopped. And yet, here we are, with me pretending that I understand what’s going on, as I write an entire article about Bitcoin and those celebrities who are obviously much smarter than me. Good luck!
15 Gwyneth Paltrow
One Academy Award for Best Actress? Check. One Golden Globe Award for Best Actress? Check. Marry and divorce a musician? Check. Become a staple of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Check. What else could Gwyneth possibly want? Something to do with Bitcoin, I imagine, otherwise she wouldn’t be on this list, right? Right!
It was last year August when bitcoin-based digital wallet app, Abra, was featured on the Apple Music reality television show Planet of the Apps. The premise of said show goes like this: software developers have 60 seconds to sell their idea to a panel of celebrity judges, of which includes Gwyneth Paltrow, and when Abra proposed their currency investment application, Paltrow wasted no time by jumping on the cryptotrain and quickly became an official advisor for the company.
Bonus fact: Apple is also the name of Gwyneth’s daughter, which I believe was not part of any sponsorship deal.
14 Snoop Dogg
Real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. may be famous for rapping about ghetto crime life and treating women with a little less respect than Aretha Franklin asked for, but the hip hop superstar has a softer side too, which not many people are aware of. For example: did you know that Snoop is a football coach? Yup, he is, dedicating his spare time to training young football teams in the finer arts of the sport through his Snoop Youth Football League charity. Such generosity did not go unnoticed by SparkleCOINs, who donated 1,500 units of their hybrid cryptocurrency (valued at $55,500) to the organization, to which Snoop gratefully accepted, probably just excited by the word “hybrid”, because I couldn’t write this paragraph without at least one marijuana joke. In other news, Snoop tweeted in 2013 that his next album would be “available in Bitcoin” which I assume he didn’t do, otherwise we wouldn’t be talking about 50 Cent right now.
13 Paris Hilton
Famously famous Paris Hilton has tried her hand at almost everything, including singing (badly) and acting (badly), so why not give cryptocurrency a try? What could possibly go wrong? I’ll tell you shortly.
In 2017, the socialite tweeted her support for LydianCoin, which is a platform that promises a "targeted, AI driven digital marketing and advertising service" to help cryptocurrency businesses expand their audience reach.
So far so good. That was until Paris' followers politely pointed out that the company's founder, Gurbaksh Chahal, had pleaded guilty and was charged in 2014 for domestic violence, sentenced to three years' probation. Two years later, another domestic violence incident reared its head against the entrepreneur, and due to probation violation, he was sent directly to jail, one year sentence, do not pass go, do not collect $200. Wisely, Paris deleted the tweet shortly afterwards.
12 Ashton Kutcher
Introduced to the world as the handsome idiot in That '70s Show, Ashton slowly outgrew the dimwitted typecast by torturing fellow celebrities in his TV show Punk'd, as well as playing the entrepreneur Apple giant Steve Jobs in the biographical film Jobs.
Furthermore, when it came to investing, Kutcher has made some very successful choices too, having shoved his hard earned cash into such well known ventures as Skype, Foursquare, and Airbnb. For these reasons, his support for sports betting blockchain UnikoinGold should not be easily laughed off, even if his good looking face is really funny, stop that.
Point proven when billionaire businessman Mark Cuban also purchased a load of UnikoinGold himself, and lest we forget, Ashton Kutcher married Mila Kunis. I mean, obviously that has nothing to do with cryptocurrencies, but it does prove that the guy wins at life.
11 Jamie Foxx
Cobinhood is a cool name for a cryptocurrency. Of course, the title is a play on words involving the folklore outlaw Robin Hood, of whom the fictional ethos was to steal from the rich and give to the poor. Interestingly enough, the idea supporting Cobinhood almost relates to just that, sort of. How, you may ask? By being the world’s first zero fee cryptocurrency exchange, that's how. This means that, unlike other similar companies, it won’t cost you any money, and in turn, results in more cash for your bank account. If this concept excites you, you should talk to my friend Jamie Foxx (note: he’s not actually my friend), as he endorsed the ICO last year in 2017 via Twitter, which was retweeted over 8,000 times, helped establish the brand into much higher levels of recognition, and no doubt proceeded to make Jamie an even richer man too.
10 Mike Tyson
When Bitcoin Direct put together their service (which they claimed to be the first to allow consumers to buy and sell the cryptocurrency), they knew they needed a familiar face to really get people talking. A face which encouraged an emotional reaction of mutual trust, allowing users to feel welcome and safe in the arms of a person they recognized and loved. And who better to fill the role than boxer Mike Tyson? The well-respected man who bit off Holyfield's ear, once declared bankruptcy, and is on the sexual offender registry for an incident that landed him in jail for three years. Good plan! The product was launched in 2016, imaginatively called the Mike Tyson Digital Wallet, and it came complete with the boxer’s friendly tattooed face as the wallpaper. You know, to remind you to be scared of your investment at all times.
9 Melanie Brown
The investment world can be a scary place, which is why if there ever was a woman for the job, it would be Mel B, because “scary” is her middle name. Well, actually her middle name is Janine, but Scary Spice is her 90’s alter ego, so let’s just agree that she can do whatever she wants. The lady was a Spice Girl after all.
Seriously though, Mel B doesn’t get enough credit for her Bitcoin support, as it was back in 2013 when Scary announced that her single For Once in My Life would be purchasable via the cryptocurrency, literally long before anyone else had ever done this.
The star said she found the digital cash idea to be “exciting” as her song shot up to #2 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, meaning: if she held onto those babies, she’s probably the richest Spice Girl in the world right now who didn’t marry David Beckham!
8 Donald Glover
If you’re ever in doubt about Glover’s (aka Childish Gambino) adoration and fascination towards all things online, you only have to look in one place: his Grammy nominated 2013 album Because the Internet, which included a song profoundly titled Life: The Biggest Troll, and an album cover which was an animated gif. That same year, he stated that “being backed by gold seems very old and nostalgic to me,” whereas “being backed to a bitcoin, which takes time to actually make and there’s this equation that has to be done, that feels realer to me and makes more sense.” A few years later, and Glover’s opinion was not only agreed upon by everyone else, but the man was also cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and The Lion King remake, not to mention his third album Awaken, My Love! was also nominated for a Grammy. The guy owns the world now, basically.
7 Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In 2017, Floyd Mayweather Jr. took to twitter to boast that he was “Spending bitcoins ethereum and other types of cryptocurrency in Beverly Hill”, very smug like, as if he’s the best defensive boxer in history or something.
The move was in part to promote Centra, a prepaid card which can be loaded up with an array of cryptocurrencies, and then spent as if one single unit. Amazing! What's less amazing, however, was when Centra was hit with a class action lawsuit from investors that wanted their money back, the list of whom did not include Mayweather, because his endorsement was a cash up front one-off deal only, lucky boy. That said, even if they had forgot to pay Floyd, he may not have noticed, as the $300,000,000 he made from the Conor McGregor fight earlier in the year has probably turned his bank account into something disorientating large. Look at all those zeroes! Whatever, my bank account has zeroes too. That’s all it has.
6 Lily Allen
Guess how much Lily Allen is worth in Bitcoin right now? Guess! That's right, nothing. Yup, despite the singer-songwriter becoming famous by using the once cutting-edge online platform Myspace, the cryptocurrency boat is one internetty thing she missed, like so many of us foolish people. The difference between you and me and her, however, is that Lily Allen had it handed right to her on a digital platter, but she turned her nose up at it. According to the lady herself, she was offered to play a virtual gig in the Second Life online world for “hundreds of thousands of Bitcoin”, to which she snobbishly replied “as if”. So let’s play a game, and take the “hundreds of thousands” plural figure at its bare minimum, and assume it means 200,000 Bitcoin. Today, that would be worth over $1 billion, and would have left her richer than Beyoncé, or Madonna, or even Paul McCartney. That’s gotta sting.
You’ve got to bow down to Björk: she has dug her artistic fingernails deep into the veins of innovative technologies for quite some time now. In 2011, her record Biophilia earned the reputation as the world’s first “app album”, as it came with a series of connected apps which interactively explained the record’s concepts, complete with loads of bonus content for fans to drool over. Fast forward to 2015’s Vulnicura, and the music video for Stonemilker was released as a full 360-degree virtual reality experience, known as one of the first VR music videos by a major artist ever made.
Two years later, and her most recent album Utopia was not only available for Bitcoin purchase, but Litecoin, Dashcoin, and AudioCoin too. Furthermore, those who bought the album, received 100 AudioCoins to play with themselves, which is why, ladies and gentlemen, Björk is way better than you.
Often considered one of “the greatest rappers of all time” who also released one of “the greatest rap albums of all time” (Illmatic, duh), it’s important to agree that Nas has a way with words, because that’s what rap is. It’s just a whole load of words, put together in a rhyming fashion, often delivered quite fast. So when Nas speaks, you listen, and what he said about Bitcoin is arguably the boldest statement you will find anywhere on this list. Ready? It was in 2014 when (inspired by a conversation he had with billionaire investor Ben Horowitz) Nas told the world that he believed “[Bitcoin] will evolve into an industry as big, if not bigger, than the Internet” calling the cryptocurrency “its own age”. Nas then ran out the door and promptly invested in more than 40 startup Bitcoin-related companies, completely mad with power.
3 Drew Carey
When it comes to Bitcoin savviness, comedian Drew Carey was way ahead of the cryptocurve, tweeting back in 2013 that he had tried to pay for his breakfast using the currency, and was downright refused. This was before the big explosion, and so we know who got the last laugh here. Drew Carey got the last laugh. Drew Carey always gets the last laugh, because Drew Carey is not that funny, and so if he doesn’t laugh at his own jokes, who will? Anyway, Mr. Carey ended the tweet with an extra long hashtag that read #whenwilltheworldcatchuptomyhipness, which could potentially be the only example in human existence when the man claimed to be hip and was actually correct. Speaking of Drew, has anyone heard from him lately? I see on his Wikipedia page that he’s still alive, but maybe someone forgot to update it?
2 Bill Gates
Safe to say that when it comes to money, it’s probably a good idea to pay attention to a man worth $89.9 billion.
When asked what he thought about the cryptocraze back in 2014, the Microsoft co-founder went on record stating that “Bitcoin is better than currency, because you can access it anywhere without the standard high transaction fees of your local bank".
Bill then went on to say that “we need things that draw on the revolution of Bitcoin, but Bitcoin alone is not good enough” and then he retreated back into his mansion, promptly falling asleep on a massive pile of money, which I imagine isn’t a very comfortable place to spend the night, but is still something we would all do if we were as rich as him. Speaking of which, I recently got an email saying that Bill Gates would give me some of his fortune if I forwarded the message, is it true?
1 Ghostface Killah
If this article has taught us anything (and I truly hope it has), it’s that the days of hip hop stars blowing their wages on guns and bling and wheel rims and herbal remedies... might be coming to an end! Just watch as more and more of these rappers are wising up and investing their hard-earned cash into these slick online ventures, for example: Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah. When he wasn't out on the prowl, killing people with his ghostface on, he was at home researching cryptocurrencies, until one day he decided he quite liked the idea. He liked it so much, in fact, that he simply would not be happy unless he got a cryptocurrency all of his very own. And you know what? In 2017, the crazy guy actually did just that, calling it Cream Capital. This name, of course, was an allusion to Wu-Tang’s hit single C.R.E.A.M, which itself is an acronym for Cash Rules Everything Around Me. Haha, get it? It’s all about money over here! Ok, that's enough now, thanks for stopping by!