Billionaire Carl Icahn may invest up to $1.5 billion into crypto while noting that “much of the cryptocurrency issued today will not survive.”
Former crypto skeptic Carl Icahn, the founder of Icahn Enterprises, told Bloomberg he’s set to enter the crypto market in a “big way” teasing an investment of around $1.5 billion.
Icahn is an investor and former advisor to the Trump administration who has a net worth of $15.6 billion according to Forbes. In 2018 Icahn told CNBC that crypto is “ridiculous” and added “maybe I’m too old for them, but I wouldn’t touch that stuff.”
But speaking on May 26, Icahn explained he’s now considering a large investment and that entering the market in such a manner would “not be to buy a few coins or something”.
Icahn joins a growing list of fellow billionaires who have changed their tune over crypto in the past 12 months. When asked about what cryptocurrencies he has his eyes on, the billionaire kept his cards close to his chest and emphasized that:
“Much of the cryptocurrency issued today will not survive, but we believe cryptocurrency in one form or another might be here to stay. To be clear, we have never bought any cryptocurrency, but we are studying it.”
Icahn believes that cryptocurrencies that don’t at least serve as a store of value will be flushed out of the market as “there’s gotta be some form of safety of value there” to survive.
When Ichan was asked “what is your use case?” for crypto, the 85-year-old spoke about the Ethereum network, noting that “with Ethereum it’s the underlying blockchain. So, Ethereum has two things: you can use it as a payment system, you can use it as a store of value.
“Bitcoin to me is just a store of value,” he added.