A bitcoin booster got $1.5 million after being “bitshamed” for being poor

A bitcoin personality became an instant millionaire from a flood of donations worth around 100 bitcoins, or around $1.5 million at today’s rates.

The recipient, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, has written technical books about bitcoin and is known for delivering inspiring speeches about the cryptocurrency’s revolutionary potential. Donations poured in after another bitcoin personality, a man known as “Bitcoin Jesus” for his evangelical efforts to promote the cryptocurrency, mocked Antonopoulos on Twitter for not getting rich off early bitcoin investments.

Antonopoulos makes a living from donations to a Patreon account, speaking fees, and book royalties. He was debunking the claim made by someone on Twitter, who assumed he was a “multi-millionaire” given his early involvement in the bitcoin world.

That’s when Roger Ver, who is widely known as “Bitcoin Jesus,” chastised him for not buying and holding the cryptocurrency in the early days. The failure to “hodl” through the market’s many rallies and crashes is seen as a cardinal sin among the cryptocurrency’s faithful:

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