MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor Discloses Personal Bitcoin Investment

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In Brief
  • MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor revealed his personal bitcoin holdings, saying that he is “hodling” more than 17,730 BTC.

  • He revealed his personal BTC portfolio on the heels of the company's earnings announcement.

  • Bitcoin might be in shorter supply than people think.

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MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor, on the heels of the company’s stunning third-quarter earnings report, has revealed more about his commitment to bitcoin.



In a tweet, Saylor unveiled his personal bitcoin holdings, saying that he is “hodling” more than 17,730 BTC, which based on the latest price, he got for a bargain at $9,882 each on average. Saylor said he revealed his personal holdings after being asked about it on Twitter following his company’s $425 million BTC investment.

With the bitcoin price now perched above $13,000, his personal BTC investment has ballooned in value by more than one-third. The MicroStrategy chief’s personal investment came first, which Saylor disclosed to the company ahead of time.

MicroStrategy paid an average of $11,111 for each BTC, the carrying value for which was $9,954 in the third quarter.

 

Bitcoin Buying Spree

Messari’s Jack Purdy pointed out that Saylor and MicroStrategy combined “own 0.2% of all bitcoin,” forecasting that there will be a “mad rush once large companies and billionaires follow suit.”

The trend has already begun, most notably with tech entrepreneur Jack Dorsey, whose payments company Square recently announced that it purchased $50 million in BTC.

This investment comes alongside Dorsey’s personal bitcoin buying spree. He reportedly doles out $10,000 per week to bolster his bitcoin portfolio.

Billionaires, Trillionaires and Bitcoin

Billionaire venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya is another bitcoin bull. The Social Capital chief recently responded to arguably the cryptocurrency industry’s biggest headline of the year, which was that PayPal will support cryptocurrency transactions on its payments platform.

He said that this development would lead to “every major bank…having a meeting about how to support bitcoin,” adding,

“It’s no longer optional.”

Incidentally, Palihapitiya predicts the world’s first trillionaire will be made in the climate-change movement, not bitcoin.

Other billionaires who are late to the party might not be as fortunate. On-chain analyst Willy Woo predicts that even though bitcoin’s total supply is set at 21 million, it will actually be closer to 17 million, making it an even scarcer asset.

He blames the fact that “many coins died in the fight for being acknowledged as something valuable in the early days,” concluding that it will translate to a supply that can accommodate “0.002 BTC per person on the planet.” Woo’s followers agree that he is referring to the keys that were lost in the beginning.

Now that MicroStrategy’s Saylor has become a mainstay in the cryptocurrency community, his followers want to know more. The next question they have for Saylor is whether or not he is running a Bitcoin node.

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Gerelyn caught wind of bitcoin in mid-2017, and after becoming smitten by the peer-to-peer nature of crypto has never looked back. She has been covering the space ever since. Previously, she wrote about traditional financial services, Wall Street and institutional investing for much of her career. Gerelyn resides in Verona, N.J., just a hop, skip and a jump from New York City.

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