Currently, the world’s second most valuable cryptocurrency, Ethereum, has started to attract more and more attention from investors after December 2017 when, along with most other cryptos, ETH price hit an all-time high.
One reason why Ethereum has become a favorite among investors is the fact that it’s actually so much more than just a cryptocurrency project. In fact, one could argue that Ethereum is the world’s most important blockchain project, since it actively contributes to the mainstream adoption of cryptos thanks to its platform that offers support for dApps, smart contracts, and new blockchain projects.
As with all cryptocurrencies, there are various risks involved when it comes to investing in Ethereum as a platform. However, this hasn’t stopped a great number of people from doing just that, including various celebrities and big names within the cryptosphere.
Here is a list of famous Ethereum investors:
Boasting immense experience in fields such as software engineering, robotics, machine vision, and neural nets, Joseph Lubin is also one of the biggest names to be associated with the Ethereum project. The co-founder of Ethereum and founder of ConsenSys (a Brooklyn-based software company focused on building dApps based on the Ethereum platform) may very well be one of the biggest investors of Ethereum.
According to various rumors, Joseph Lubin was one of the top buyers in the Ethereum crowd sale event that took place a couple of years ago. Joseph Lubin is regarded, by various industry insiders, as being one of the most important holders of Ethereum, with a valuation that is supposed to be as high as $10 billion.
Richard Sherman, an American football cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL (National Football League), is yet another famous person passionate about cryptocurrencies. Sherman started investing in cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin and Ethereum included, extremely early, after fans started asking if they could purchase products and merchandise from his official website using various digital coins.
Richard declared on multiple occasions that he owns a few BTC, ETH, and LTC but is not really interested in the multitude of other smaller coins. He purchased Bitcoin when it was valued somewhere around $1,000 and managed to cash out when the prices skyrocketed upwards of 19,000. Regardless, he declared that he regrets not keeping the Bitcoins as they were.
Cameron and Tyler, the Winklevoss Brothers
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have made headlines on numerous occasions due to their connection with the crypto world. Even though the brothers have made a name for themselves after suing Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, claiming that he stole their idea of a social network, nowadays, the Winklevoss brothers are known as some of the biggest crypto investors.
The lawsuit allowed the brothers to settle for a whopping $65 million of Facebook stock and cash. After seeing an opportunity in blockchain and crypto technology, they decided to invest in Bitcoin. The brothers ended up buying 120,000 Bitcoin in 2012 when the price was less than $10. After their financial success, they re-invested and racked up around $350 million from other cryptocurrencies, Ethereum included. The siblings are also renowned for creating the New York-based crypto exchange called Gemini.
Vitalik Buterin is a name that hardly requires any introduction, especially for those well accustomed with the crypto space. Our list wouldn’t be complete without Vitalik, the mastermind behind the whole Ethereum project, and, arguably, the most important person in the crypto sphere after Satoshi Nakamoto.
It’s a well-known fact that Vitalik Buterin is a very wealthy man with one of the biggest net worths in crypto. Even though the inventor has never publicly acknowledged how much ETH he owns, there have been reports of him transferring 30,000 ETH to Bitstamp, one of the biggest crypto exchanges, somewhere in December 2017. Other forums and public posts depict Vitalik as the holder of somewhere around 500,000 ETH.
At the end of the day, nobody can answer this question apart from Vitalik Buterin himself. What’s more amazing is that when most people think about Buterin, they don’t see that wealthy man, but the inventor of one of the best blockchains platforms, a person for whom money is not a priority, and always looking to solve real problems within the crypto sphere.
Source: Ethereum World News
Ashton Kutcher, the Hollywood actor, is known for being passionate about technology in general. He was also one of the early investors in technologies and apps such as Airbnb and Uber, as well as cryptocurrencies. He was one of the first celebrities to jump onto the crypto craze bandwagon and has even tweeted about Ethereum in 2014, almost a year before its initial release. Kutcher is said to have invested in both Bitcoin and Ethereum, even though an official number is yet to be released.
Cole is a freelance writer focusing on cryptocurrency and emerging technologies. Previous articles on Masternodes have been featured on leading crypto websites and quoted in Whitepapers.