The Most Expensive Slice of Pizza in the World; the Fabulous Lives of Crypto-Millionaires.
Bitcoin is a decade old this year, and we have a lot to show for it. Thanks to Bitcoin, Millennials, compared to Generation X and Baby Boomers, are expected to have the highest number of millionaires and billionaires. More precisely, crypto-millionaires and billionaires.
So where do these crypto-millionaires drop their millions?
While some might choose to remain somewhat frugal, others spend the millions because they earned it.
Bitcoin enthusiasts are by now familiar with the infamous Bitcoin Pizza incident. If you haven’t heard of it, here is how the story goes. Back in 2010, Laszlo Hanyecz, an early Bitcoin adopter, wants a slice or two of pizza. He orders two pizzas from Papa Johns, who accepts Bitcoin as payment, for 10,000 BTC. Considering BTC is valued today at roughly $4,000, 2010 pizza is today valued at $20,000,000 each.
What do we learn from this short story? Bitcoin’s earliest adopters got their hands on a significant discount deal at the start of the decentralization age. This group of individuals found themselves sitting on an incredible amount of wealth as the years went by.
While some may have sold their Bitcoin over time, there is most definitely a group of people who have adopted the buy and hold mantra (or hodl as it is referred to in the crypto sphere). So, how has the former spent their piece of the proverbial crypto pie?
Crypto enthusiasts refer to the phrase “when Lambo”, to measure their wealth in future $200,000 Lamborghinis. The phrase is probably the most used in the crypto universe right next to “When moon”. A quick custom search of the amount of LMB (LAMBO) that 10,000 BTC is worth, reveals that the two pizzas are worth 96 Lamborghini Aventadors.
How do these millionaires spend their millions?
Well, they are buying massive mansions and properties with Bitcoin. The luxury housing market is slowly adopting Bitcoin as a payment method. There are a growing number of online platforms that accept virtual currencies to reach out to this exclusive class.
For instance, a year ago, two real estate developers reportedly sold 50 luxury apartments in Dubai for Bitcoin. The Dubai-based $325 million luxury development called the Aston Plaza and residences is set to be completed by 2020. 150 of the promised 1,300 apartments were sold to crypto-millionaires for Bitcoin. Among these 150 apartments, the developer revealed that crypto-millionaires had been buying an average of two apartments each, while one particular millionaire, or should I say, Billionaire, bought ten apartments.
If these millionaires are looking for something along Billionaire’s Row in London, a property investment firm in London is also said to have sold a six storey stucco-fronted mansion near Portobello Road in Notting Hill, London, England for £17 million in Bitcoin.
Is there any chance of an upgrade? Yes, indeed. Reportedly, another real estate firm sold off a 13-acre piece of a Caribbean island for £5.3 million in Bitcoin. At the time of the sale, this was equivalent to around 570 BTC (remember the 10,000 BTC pizza). The tropical paradise is located on Union Island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Bloody Bay.
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