Controversial crypto personality Richard Heart recently claimed to be ‘literally the best human being in this industry’ citing the HEX airdrop among his many acts of altruism and goodwill.
The comments came on an appearance of ‘The Bad Crypto Podcast’ on Jan 27, when the flamboyant founder of PulseX and HEX shot back at his many detractors. Heart was also keen to highlight a recent $27 million donation for ‘medical research’ as another of his good deeds.
“I still get yelled at even though I am the best person in crypto literally — literally the best human being in this industry,” said Heart. “I just raised $27 million for medical research to save everybody’s lives, including the haters. Has anyone else raised more money for charity in crypto than I have? I’m drawing a blank. Has anyone generated any cryptocurrencies that have gone up a million percent in under two years? I did. I can’t live a better life.”
Although Richard Heart has doggedly entrenched himself in the Richard Heart fan club, the majority of the crypto sphere views the founder rather less favorably. In particular, his flagship project HEX has been likened to an elaborate Ponzi scheme.
A head over Heart fact check
Heart’s claims to being ‘the best human’ in the industry rest on a number of points, the newest of which is his status as the greatest philanthropist in all of crypto. The founder says he has raised more for charity than anyone else in the industry, citing a recent $27 million donation for ‘medical research’ in August 2021.
In truth, crypto has a fairly long tradition of charitable donations, with some even eclipsing Heart’s $27 million.
More recently, in May of 2021, Vitalik Buterin donated $1.2 billion worth of Shiba Inu tokens to the India COVID-19 relief fund.
Perhaps Heart forgot about these examples.
The HEX creator also claims to have airdropped HEX tokens for free to bitcoin holders. While this is certainly true, airdrops are a commonly accepted form of marketing and not necessarily a purely altruistic act. Other ‘good deeds’ cited by Heart might also fall under this banner of self-promotion.
Heart also claims to have created a cryptocurrency that has gone up one million percent in under two years. According to CoinGecko, the price of HEX is $0.175413, up 309,919.9% from its price of two years ago, but down 65.7% from its $0.510830 peak in September 2021.
Words from the Heart
On The Bad Crypto Podcast (Jan 27):
- ‘I want to be better than everyone else.’
- ‘I called the [bitcoin] top on the day for free, no paid group!’
- ‘Not a single person on the internet can ever say a bad word about me.’
- ‘I’m here for glory bro, and glory only counts if people recognize and respect, so I have to shove it down their throats.’
- ‘Richard Heart is a force for good in this world.’
- ‘Richard Heart makes the world a better place.’
- ‘I even put up a testimonials page for some of the people brought to tears by what HEX did for them.’
That $27 million donation
While some of Heart’s assertions remain contentious, it is clear that $27 million was raised and donated to SENS. The aims and methods of this foundation lie far outside the current scope of mainstream medical research.
The SENS Foundation is dedicated to the pursuit of anti-aging research. In particular, the foundation aims to repair cellular damage caused over time, and even to reverse it.
Due to the nature of the foundation, its work is viewed as highly speculative and contentious. According to one article held at the US National Library of Medicine, the work of the SENS Foundation, ‘is so far from plausible that it commands no respect at all within the informed scientific community.’
The SENS Foundation was formed in 2009, coincidentally the same year that Satoshi Nakamoto published the Bitcoin white paper. While bitcoin is now used around the world and even managed to spawn the entire blockchain industry, there have, as yet, been no confirmed reports of anyone getting any younger.