In early December, 2017, the names of the first official bitcoin-billionaires became known, which do not hide the fact of their condition. They were the twins Cameron and Tyler Winklewossy, familiar to everyone who watched the film “Social Network” about the history of Facebook. In the film, the rowing brothers (members of the Olympic Games in rowing) from Harvard are not shown in a very favorable light, but in fact they are quite advanced guys.

The brothers began to buy bitcoins in 2012, when they cost less than $ 10. But they made the main investment in 2013, buying about 120,000 BTC (1% of the total issue). For this investment, they used several million of the $ 65 million received on a claim against Facebook (which copied their idea of ​​a ConnectU social network). Consideration of the claim took place in 2008, but the brothers forced the plaintiff to pay the world not with money, but with shares. So they were able to get money only after Facebook went to an IPO. Even then, the far-sightedness of the athletes from Harvard was evident.
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Charlie Lee, former Coinbase technical director, sold all of his savings in the Litecoin (LTC) crypto currency he founded in 2011. Initially, the idea was to supplement gold (Bitcoin) with a kind of silver (Litecoin), with a lower price, easier mining and transactions.

Motives for such an act, Charlie Lee explained to Reddit. The main reason is a conflict of interests. The founder of the crypto currency says that he is sick of the situation when everyone is catching every word of him, and then they are accused. Whatever he says, these words affect the price of lightcoin. The price decreases or rises, and then accusations of market manipulation begin. It got to the point that some accused that Charlie does it for mercenary purposes, because he himself is in a short position. Because of the fact that he, as the owner of LTC’s largest capital, had too much influence.
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Recently, Bitcoin has witnessed a rather remarkable event. A block was obtained in which the premium 12.5 BTC per block turned out to be less than the premiums for transactions 13.4 BTC. Of course, such situations occurred earlier as a result of errors, generosity, or different experiments on Blockchain, but for the first time such a situation was the result of a trend in the cost of transactions.

Perhaps Bitcoin requires banks or their counterparts?
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