The well-known American rapper 50 Cent in 2014 received 700 bitcoin thanks to the sale of his album Animal Ambition.
At the time, he was the first known musical artist to have decided to accept bitcoin payments for the purchase of one of his albums. In total, he received 700 BTC from those sales.
At the time the price of BTC was about 650$, so the proceeds were about 450,000$, but it is not known if he decided to keep them or sell them.
If he had decided not to sell them, and still owned them, they would now be worth $31.5 million, which means that in seven years he would have earned 6,900% if he had just held them.
However, the artist has never revealed exactly what he did with those 700 BTC, and it’s not at all unlikely that he sold them.
Bitcoin scam that uses the name of 50 Cent
His name, however, has lately been involved in yet another hoax trying to promote a scam.
In fact, often names of celebrities are exploited without their consent to promote fake news that publicize real attempts of scam.
In this specific case, however, there is a peculiarity: 50 Cent has actually owned bitcoin in the past. But this does not mean at all that he has earned huge sums with improbable software that promises to produce huge gains with investments of a few hundred dollars.
This kind of news are real hoaxes that serve precisely to deceive the naive who think they can become millionaires by investing a few hundred dollars.
Unfortunately, these initiatives circulate continuously, and law enforcement agencies are unable to stop them.
Often they also exploit the names of celebrities who have never had anything to do with bitcoin or cryptocurrencies, making them easier to spot. Other times they are more subtle, because they use names of celebrities who are somehow involved with these new financial assets.
In the future it is likely that more and more artists will get involved, making it harder to distinguish lies from reality when it comes to having to figure out how much one of them is really involved, and on what projects.
The fact remains that anyone promising high earnings with cryptocurrencies, in a short amount of time, effortlessly and without risk is actually lying.