U.S billionaire, Warren Buffet Calls Bitcoin ‘Rat Poison Squared’ – American billionaire Warren Buffet has again hit at cryptocurrencies during the 2018 Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting, referring to the digital currency as “rat poisoned squared.”
On the contrary, younger generation of tech billionaires like Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO Peter Thiel, PayPal co-founder and Tim Draper, tech venture capitalist are unmoved in their conviction that bitcoin is here to stay and will displace all other currencies.
The billionaire reiterated his earlier warning that “cryptocurrencies will come to bad endings.”
“If you had bought gold at the time of Christ and you figure the compound rate on it, it’s a couple tenths of a percent.”
Mr. Buffett previously said buying crypto isn’t really investing, but is merely speculative gambling, according to CNN. He said unlike real estate or company stocks, virtual currencies have no real value and only attract “charlatans.”‘
“If you buy something like bitcoin or some cryptocurrency, you don’t really have anything that has produced anything,” said Buffett, 87. “You’re just hoping the next guy pays more.”
In his recent comment on the digital currencies, Buffett stepped further by calling bitcoin “rat poison squared,” according to CNBC reporter Becky Quick, who live-tweeted the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting.
Buffett’s longtime lieutenant, billionaire Charlie Munger, joined the bitcoin bashing, comparing the top cryptocurrency by market cap to turds being traded by people with dementia.
“I like cryptocurrency even less than Warren does … to me it’s just dementia,” Mr. Munger, 94, reportedly said. And a bitcoin trading desk is “like somebody else is trading turds and you’re being left out.”
While Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger remain avowed crypto sceptics, Mr. Draper, PayPal co-founder is so confident in the future of crypto that he has set a $250,000 bitcoin price target for 2022.
Mr. Draper, an early investor in Skype, Tesla, and Hotmail, says bitcoin will be bigger than all three combined because it’s a revolution that’s bigger than the Internet.
“This is bigger than the internet,” the PayPal boss said. “It’s bigger than the Iron Age, the Renaissance. It’s bigger than the Industrial Revolution. This affects the entire world and it’s going to be affected in a faster and more prevalent way than you ever imagined.”
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