In the cryptocurrency universe, if you mined or even bought some Bitcoin around seven to eight years ago, you would be sitting on a gold mine right now. Such is the story of Ripple co-founder Chris Larsen, a fintech expert, who has managed to bulldoze the competition and become one of the ‘richest person in the world’.
Larsen currently holds a 17% stake in the company, and according to experts, it has an implied market value of around $37.3 billion.
Larsen, on the other hand, believes that if Ripple can be given such a huge value, then so can Bitcoin.
“If centralised Ripple is worth $320 (billion) then decentralised Bitcoin is (definitely) going to be worth trillions.”
Don’t worry guys… I’m sure this is totally sustainable.
— The Wolf (@WolfOfPoloniex) January 4, 2018
According to Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse, Ripple has done very well because it can be very useful for a low-fee payment method. He does say that while he supports Bitcoin, this cryptocurrency is currently not in a position to solve the payments issue, though there are still merchants around the world that are accepting Bitcoin.
“One of the reasons why I think XRP has done very well recently is… Bitcoin is not in a position to solve a payments problem, particularly when you talk about micropayments.”
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This story has been updated for corrections.
The Original version of the story stated, Chris Larsen as the richest man in the world.