Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption
The story of the people that built a financial empire with Bitcoin
The Social Network film introduced them to us as some sort of antagonists, but there are two sides to every story. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who became famous through their much publicised feud with Mark Zuckerberg over the Facebook case, had to reinvent themselves after the media labelled them as “finished”. Their redemption started with an investment in technology that was little known at the time, but which made them billionaires in a few years. In Bitcoin Billionaires we will find out how the most hated twins in the tech world reinvented themselves, and against all odds, managed to build a financial empire.
Many useful tips to:
- Get to know the origins of the Bitcoin phenomenon, through the eyes of the main players.
- Get to know the backstory of the two key figures of the digital currency revolution.
- Make us think about the two different ways of thinking that have shaped the history of Bitcoin.
The Social Network and the multimillion dollar agreement
Twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss became famous a few years ago thanks to a case that sparked major discussion: they accused Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, of stealing their idea to create the famous social network. Years of court battles led to an out of court settlement and they accepted somewhere in the region of 65 million dollars to settle the matter, of which 20 were paid in cash and 45 in stock of the Zuckerberg company.
A few months later, Facebook went public and the shares shot up in value: the twins’ stock became worth over $500 million, but after this whole ordeal, public opinion was not exactly on their side. Seen by the public as a couple of jovial jocks, they were branded by the media as rich, spoiled kids trying to make money on the back of others.
Sometimes though, life offers up the chance for people to redeem themselves and for the twins, this opportunity came in the form of a digital revolution that goes by the name of Bitcoin.
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