While Bitcoin is not the sleek and sexy plaything of the rich and famous, it certainly is no longer only a tool for the tech-savvy computer whizzes. The mainstream appeal of Bitcoin has seen it spread across different demographics, from retired grandmothers to some of the world’s biggest rappers.
Celebrities have been used to market certain ICOs, as well as be the face of a host of different coins, but many celebrities have chosen to invest their immense wealth into digital currencies.
The Top 10
In true Hollywood-style, we go through 10 of the more surprising celebrities Bitcoiners.
1. Ashton Kutcher
Perhaps this comedy star and well-known ‘That 70s show’ actor is not too surprising as with Kutcher maturing in Hollywood, he has also become quite business savvy. The actor has appeared on Shark Tank a few times. He is the co-founder of BitPay investor A-Grade Investments. Moreover, he is a poster-boy for breaking with convention and the decentralized approach to life.
2. Floyd Mayweather
It may seem a bit tired now, but Floyd Mayweather was the first big celebrity to be used to promote an ICO. He was utilized when he was at the peak of his fame in the build-up to his fight with Conor McGregor. It is quite interesting to see how many ICOs Mayweather is planning to shill in the coming months. So far, he has been involved with at least two projects people know of, although it doesn’t appear as if this will be the end of it either.
3. Drew Carey
Another one of America’s funnymen. The former host of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ was one of the earlier adopters of Bitcoin and spoke in promoting quite understatedly. He said a few times that he was a big believer in its potential for mass adoption; however, he has been a little more muted of late.
4. The Game
Rapper, The Game, is another one who is endorsing a cryptocurrency, but probably a little more involved in it than that. The Game has been brought on by ParagonCoin, an ICO aimed at the marijuana ecosystem, as an advisor and for The Game, it is another venture into the marijuana market. The hip-hop star became an official partner in a dispensary, marketing his own strain of weed- Trees by Game.
5. Harry Redknapp
Many scoffed when the 70-year-old former West Ham United, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur and Birmingham City manager tweeted that he was “proper excited” about ICO Electroneum.
It was all the more surprising that Redknapp was entering the crypto market as he once stated, in a case about tax fraud, that he did not know what an email was and he was technologically inept. However, Electroneum responded saying the former manager had not been paid for his tweet.
6. Donald Glover
The actor of Community fame and rapper under the name of Childish Gambino is one celebrity endorsement that can be trusted as his promotion of digital currencies is not attached to an ICO. During one of his interviews, he mentioned how Bitcoin could become a big success in due time.
7. Mel B
An often-heard complaint is how there aren’t enough women involved in cryptocurrency. Mel B is one of the few musical artists to accept Bitcoin payments for her music. It is unclear if she will accept the digital currency for her future albums as well, but the chance is very real that this partnership will continue for quite some time to come.
8. Luis Suarez
The Uruguayan footballer, playing in Spain, seemed to have been used in a similar manner as Floyd Mayweather, promotion the same prediction market ICO. However, Suarez used his Spanish influence to spread the news to the country he played his football in.
9. Gwyneth Paltrow
More strong women in the cryptocurrency world can only be considered to be a good thing right now. Paltrow is a world-renowned actress as well as a cryptocurrency advisor. More specifically, Abra chose the actress as the startup’s advisor during a recent episode of Planet of the Apps on Apple TV.
10. Snoop Dogg
It is somewhat of an open secret that Snoop Dogg has been a fan of cryptocurrency for quite some time now. Although his initial plan to accept Bitcoin payments for a new album turned out to be a farce, Snoop Dogg never fully closed the door on the possibility.