Plenty of famous actors, musicians, athletes, and other celebrities have expressed their curiosity and confusion about cryptocurrency. Some have served as cryptocurrency advocates, championing the concept of bitcoin and other tokens on their social media feeds. A few celebs have even sold their personal endorsements to new tokens and ICOs — with decidedly mixed results. But what about the cryptocurrency true believers among the rich and famous?
There are a handful of celebrities out there who have taken their excitement for cryptocurrency to the next level. In this post, we’re taking a look at five celebrities with true cryptocurrency fever.
1. Manny Pacquiao: Often cited as one of the greatest boxers of all time, Pacquiao is more than just a twelve-time world champion in four different weight classes. He’s also an entrepreneur, an actor, and a senator in his home country of the Philippines. If all that wasn’t enough, Pacquiao recently launched his own cryptocurrency — the “Pac” token — which will soon trade on Singapore’s GCOX exchange. Interestingly, Pacquiaos’ long-time rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. has had a less-than successful record with promoting cryptocurrencies, settling with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over improperly reporting an endorsement deal for the doomed Hubiits ICO.
2. Jason Derulo: Another celebrity with a GCOX-backed cryptocurrency in the works is R&B and hip-hop artist Derulo. Not content with selling 30 million hit singles — “Wiggle,” “Whatcha Say,” and “Talk Dirty” just to name a few — Derulo is giving cryptocurrency entrepreneurship a try. His branded token will allow fans to purchase memorabilia and other exclusives, as well as donate to causes the singer supports. The name of the token has not yet been announced.
3. Roseanne Barr: No stranger to controversy, the comedian and actor caught the attention of the cryptocurrency community back in May of 2013 when she took to Twitter to opine on bitcoin’s potential as tool for fighting oppression. “[First] post apocalyptic law: slavery in all forms is now illegal-including debt slavery. #BITCOIN,” Barr tweeted, following it up with, “2nd law: war is illegal in every form. 3rd law-usury and speculation not based on actual cost of output & profit sharing is illegal #bitcoin.” Both tweets have since been deleted, but it’s clear that Barr was — for a moment at least — all-in on bitcoin.
4. Akon: Known for hit rap songs like “Smack That” and “I Wanna Love You,” Akon made headlines in 2018 when he announced plans to develop a “Crypto city” in the West African country of Senegal. As part of the plan to spur technological development in the region, a new cryptocurrency dubbed “Akoin” would be used to bring Senegal’s currency into the digital age. According to the project’s roadmap, the Akon-backed crypto will launch a dedicated wallet and whitepaper in Q4 2019.
5. Ronaldinho: In professional soccer, the Brazilian-born footballer known as Ronaldinho (born Ronaldo de Assis Moreira) is already a legendary figure. In 2018, the now-retired superstar announced plans to launch the “Ronaldinho Soccer Coin (RSC),” which aimed to become the “common currency of the soccer world.” The token would be used to fund various soccer-related programs, including hundreds of new stadiums across the globe. Unfortunately, the project appears to have stalled, as RSC’s website was last updated in April of 2019.