As cryptocurrencies increasingly become a part of the mainstream conversation, it’s only natural that celebrities would have something to say about them. When you’re rich and famous, a big part of your daily life is figuring out how to best invest your money. Unlike many other wealthy people, however, celebrities also have built-in audiences thanks to social media and the paparazzi. When they muse publicly about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, people listen.
In this list, we’re taking a look at seven celebrities who have dipped their toes into the brisk waters of cryptocurrency. Some are simply interested in the topic, while others appear to be dedicated HODLers.
1. Donald Glover: In addition to being a Grammy-winning musician, an Emmy-winning actor and director, and a WGA Award-winning writer, Glover is also something of a bitcoin visionary. Back in 2013, he told TIME Magazine “We should definitely start looking at currency on the Internet. I know a lot of people are skeptical, but I feel like if everything’s going to live online, why not bitcoins?”
2. Mike Tyson: Once the most iconic heavyweight boxer on the planet, Tyson’s post-boxing career has seen him try everything from professional wrestling to an HBO-produced one-man show. One of his most interesting ventures, however, was the The Mike Tyson Bitcoin ATM, which launched in 2015.
3. Ashton Kutcher: Arguably the best-known celebrity cryptocurrency advocate on this list, Kutcher’s A-Grade Investments is rumored to have a healthy stake in BitPay. In 2018, Kutcher famously donated $4 million in Ripple’s XRP to The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.
4. Gwyneth Paltrow: In addition to being an Oscar and Emmy-winning actress, Paltrow has made a name for herself in recent years as the owner of “lifestyle brand” Goop. In that role, she was cast in the short-lived Apple TV-produced investment reality show “Planet of the Apps,” where she was introduced to the Abra Bitcoin Wallet. In 2017, she joined the company as an advisor.
5. DJ Khaled: Given his unabashed willingness to work with corporate sponsors on his social media channels, it can sometimes be difficult to tell if DJ Khaled is genuinely excited about a project or just collecting a paycheck. But in 2017, Khaled appeared to go all-in for the Centra ICO. Fortunately for him, when the ICO’s imploded and investors filed a $32 million lawsuit alleging that Centra was a scam, Khaled’s lawyers were able to have the suit against him dismissed.
6. Drew Carey: In 2013, the famed comedian, actor, and game-show host tweeted “Just tried to buy breakfast w bitcoins. Refused. #whenwilltheworldcatchuptomyhipness?” It’s not clear if Carey was being serious — it was a Twitter post, after all — but he was at least aware that bitcoin and cryptocurrency were becoming mainstream enough to joke about.
7. Stormy Daniels: Thanks to her alleged affair with a pre-presidential Donald Trump, Stormy Daniels has been able to turn a career as a porn star into something approaching actual celebrity. Given the porn industry’s enthusiastic adoption of cryptocurrency — they’ve had a rocky relationship with credit cards and banks for decades — and Daniels’ notoriety, it shouldn’t be too surprising that she has become a vocal advocate for the VIT (Vice Industry Token) cryptocurrency.