We know more about celebrities today than ever before thanks to social media. Be it actors or athletes, musicians or tech gurus, we all have our favorites just a click away. What you may not know is that some celebrities have jumped on the cryptocurrency train, and have been actively promoting them.
The number of crypto and blockchain supporters among celebrities is rapidly increasing because of the growing knowledge about, and popularity of, cryptocurrency within mainstream culture. All the more reason to like them even more!
To document this trend, we have compiled the top 10 celebrities of all time who are into cryptocurrencies and aren’t afraid to flaunt it.
1. Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton’s affiliation with, and endorsement of, the Lydian ICO made a big splash in the crypto world. Last September, she tweeted about the newly emerging coin, saying “Looking forward to participating in the new @LydianCoinLtd Token! #ThisIsNotAnAd #CryptoCurrency #BitCoin #ETH #BlockChain.”
In June, her father Richard Hilton also auctioned a $38 million mansion with a provision for people to bid using Bitcoin.
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The 45-year-old singer announced his own cryptocurrency, dubbing it “Akoin”. It will be the primary source of currency in the Akon Crypto City, a fully crypto-based city that he plans to build in Africa.
He was also quoted at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity as saying “I think that blockchain and crypto could be the savior for Africa in many ways because it brings the power back to the people, and brings the security back into the currency system, and also allows the people to utilize it in ways where they can advance themselves, and not allow government to do those things that are keeping them down.”
The “Smack That” singer envisions the city to as eventually embodying a “Real-life Wakanda,” in reference to the fictional city often associated with the Marvel Universe’s character Black Panther.
3. Lionel Messi
Football’s Greatest Of All Time, Lionel Messi, has been hired as the global Brand Ambassador for Sirin Labs, developer of the SOLARIN ultra-secure smartphone and a blockchain based all-in-one PC.
The company is targeting the already existing cryptocurrency crowd with its range of products on offer, and with the fan base that Lionel Messi has acquired the company will also aim to raise its profile and attract new customers.
Lionel Messi was also quoted in one of his promotional posts as saying “I am usually busy trying to decentralize defenses and after digging deeper into Blockchain and decentralized systems, I’m excited to join SIRIN LABS as an ambassador to make blockchain more friendly with their upcoming operating system for smartphones!”
4. Floyd Mayweather
Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather has long been associated with the cryptocurrency world, starting back in July 2017 when he first endorsed the ICO for the blockchain prediction platform Stox.com. Just a month later, he was promoting the ICO for a blockchain-based content marketplace known as the Hubii Network.
A month later, Mayweather signed on to become the brand ambassador for the cryptocurrency platform Centra, which is known for its unique use of crypto debit cards. This endorsement preceded a rumored investment of $30 million from Mayweather’s followers, who he has asked to refer him as Floyd “Crypto” Mayweather.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 23, 2017
5. Mike Tyson
Speaking of boxing legends, we cannot forget about Mike Tyson who partnered with Bitcoin Direct to introduce Bitcoin ATMs and a digital wallet for both iOS and Android. The users of this wallet can buy and sell Bitcoin using the Gildera Exchange and store any cryptos, including the boxer’s own.
— Coin ATM Radar (@CoinATMRadar) 19 августа 2015 г.
6. DJ Khaled
The multiple-award-winning musician and producer has also recently joined the bandwagon of celebrities supporting ICOs. He was seen holding and promoting a Titanium Centra debit card in one of his Instagram posts. He also posted a video that showed him talking about various cryptos and how to store and use them. The video consisted of him showing off the Centra Wallet app, which had hit the Apple store a few weeks prior.
I just received my titanium centra debit card. The Centra Card & Centra Wallet app is the… https://t.co/iIbQwQCwD1
— DJ KHALED (@djkhaled) September 27, 2017
7. Ashton Kutcher
Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher is a true tech fanatic, which became clear when he tweeted about Ethereum (check out our ETH pool) all the way back in 2014. According to reports, he is an investor in the cryptocurrency exchange BitBay, and his firm Sound Ventures is backing Unikrn, an esports betting digital platform. He is still an active voice, and regularly updates his followers about the happenings of the crypto industry.
— BitPay (@BitPay) June 9, 2017
8. Jamie Foxx
The 50-year-old Django Unchained actor has had quite a few technology-related endorsements over the years, making his entrance into the cryptocurrency space in a September 2017 tweet no surprise. The actor promoted his participation in the ICO for the crypto exchange platform Cobinhood. After the tweet, Cobinhood reportedly raised nearly $10 million in mere weeks.
— Jamie Foxx (@iamjamiefoxx) September 18, 2017
9. Richard Branson
The Virgin Group founder has a deep love for cryptocurrency, as evidenced by his $30 million investment into Bitcoin startup Bitpay way back in 2014. He also announced that he would accept Bitcoins as a form of payment for tickets on his space travel service, Virgin Galactic.
The multi-billionaire has also expressed immense satisfaction about bitcoin’s future and has provided his unwavering support to the crypto world by further investing in UK-based bitcoin startup Blockchain.
10. Winklevoss Twins
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss may be the only tech celebrities on our list today, but they don’t disappoint with their embrace of cryptocurrency. The entrepreneurs and Olympic rowing team members, famous for filing a lawsuit against Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, have had a long history with crypto.
They founded Gemini, a digital currency exchange, in 2014 and have made significant investments into a bitcoin payment processor. They were also the first ones to be termed “bitcoin billionaires” when their initial $11 million investment in bitcoin in 2013 turned into $1 billion.