First Bitcoin Billionaires Just Won Bet on Cryptocurrency Over Space Gold

Bitcoin has made billionaires out of the Winklevoss twins, thanks to a fear of astro-gold crashing the market that encouraged them to support the currency. The American entrepreneurs are perhaps most famous for claiming that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook, a story immortalized in The Social Network. On Monday, it emerged the 36-year-old twins’ investment in the cryptocurrency back in 2013 has paid off in a big way.

The Times and The Telegraph report that Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have become the first investors in the blockchain-based cryptocurrency to get $1 billion returns on their investment.

The pair bought $11 million worth of bitcoin four years ago, when it was trading at $120. On Monday, Markets Insider showed the currency reached a day high of $11,826.77 on Monday, an overall all-time high.

The Winklevoss twins have been particularly positive about the currency’s future prospects ever since first hearing about it five years ago on the Spanish island of Ibiza, believing the cryptocurrency to be a better investment than gold. The pair have cited nine factors that make gold valuable, like scarcity and portability. Bitcoin wins on all of these fronts, particularly scarcity. While there’s only 21 million bitcoins that can ever exist, gold is susceptible to sudden surges in quantity, particularly if an entrepreneur cracks asteroid mining and starts bringing space gold back to Earth.

“Precious metals are precious on earth, but [they are] not that precious if there’s cheap access to space,” Tyler Winklevoss told the Financial Times last year. “It sounds sci-fi, but it’s not that far off to think that Elon Musk or someone is going to come along and mine these asteroids.”

 

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