Billionaire Winklevoss Twins Talk The End Of Facebook, Bitcoin, And NFTs | Forbes

laatste update: 06-2022


Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss didn’t grow up underdogs. But after losing an epic battle with Mark Zuckerberg over ownership of Facebook and being shunned in Silicon Valley, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are back—this time as budding Bitcoin billionaires at the center of the future of money, the creative economy and quite possibly a new operating model for Big Tech itself.

The 39-year-old brothers’ hottest venture, digital art auction platform Nifty Gateway, is basking in the glow of a sale at Christie’s, where the gavel is about to fall on the 255-year-old auction house’s first-ever sale of a nonfungible token (NFT) artwork, a one-of-a-kind computer file tracked on a digital ledger known as a blockchain. Nifty Gateway put the artist, Mike Winkelmann, who goes by Beeple, on the map through a series of “drops” starting last year. Before the day ends, Gemini’s custodial business, which houses digital assets securely, will receive a $69 million cryptocurrency payment for Beeple on behalf of Christie’s, making his “Everydays: The First 5,000 Days” the third-most-expensive work sold by a living artist, after Jeff Koons and David Hockney.

Much of the world still thinks of the 6-foot-5 twins as the crew-rowing chumps played by Armie Hammer in The Social Network, the hit 2010 movie about Facebook. At Harvard, classmate Mark Zuckerberg had swiped their idea for a social networking site, building an empire with 2.8 billion worldwide users and a personal fortune now worth $97 billion. A dozen years after they settled with Zuckerberg for $65 million in Facebook stock and cash, the Winklevii, as they are widely known, have emerged as leaders of a technological movement whose core operating principle involves digitizing the records of all assets globally, decentralizing control and cutting out gatekeepers—including Facebook.

The Winklevii say they’re just getting started. Through their holding company, Gemini Space Station, which owns their crypto exchange and Nifty Gateway, and via investments made by their family office, Winklevoss Capital, the duo have invested in no fewer than 25 digital asset startups. These fledgling companies are laying the foundation for what the brothers hope will be a new virtual world that they and others call the “metaverse,” in which digital assets like art, music, real estate and even entire businesses are created, bought and sold—and, most importantly, governed—by the blockchain. Many of the companies they’re backing are positioned to thrive in this three-dimensional version of the internet ruled via peer-to-peer computer networks, where participants rather than powerful companies profit.

“The idea of a centralized social network is just not going to exist five or 10 years in the future,” Tyler predicts when asked about Facebook. “There’s a membrane or a chasm between the old world and this new crypto-native universe. And we’re the conduit helping people transcend the offline into the online.”

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30 gedachten over “Billionaire Winklevoss Twins Talk The End Of Facebook, Bitcoin, And NFTs | Forbes”

  1. In my opinion, Shiba Inu will become the world currency. Bitcoin will die, it is a billionaires coin and totally controlled by them. Ethereum will get stronger with 2.0 then 3.0 and shiba, once they developed their own block chain they will bridge. At that time they will dominate the gaming , Nft and Defi space in crypto. NFT’s will be dead in less than 2 years. All other coins will die off. All my opinion of course

  2. Stupid demagogy corporaties and rich peoples, governments… Facebook, Bitcoin, NFT, Community coins, Satoshi Nakamoto, Sakishi Nakamoto, UBI, Life without TAX+VAT, Metaverse, are Future for Peoples !!! And weapon against corporaties 🙂 (then they must to do this demagogy)

  3. Are they the real life version of Bogdanoff Twins?

    I know Bogdanoff Twins are real and my condolences to their passing, but my point is the Bogdanoff Twins was not really playing in Crypto Market and all of the story about they controling crypto was just a meme

  4. I actually like them especially after they still achieved greatness without the blessing of scumbags like Mark Zuckerberg! I respect their grind and hustle!

  5. It's seems that mark Zuckerberg stole the idea of an online metaverse META from the same damn twins again. Hahah lol

  6. Good morning sir
    Have a nice day 😊
    Please can you make a vedio for MEFA NFT
    METAVERSE FACE NFT Please sir

  7. what’s with the thumbnail Forbes made for this video? Forbes made them look so menacing with the dark glow underneath

  8. One of the best content I’ve seen. Crypto is the best though I don’t self trade but I still make my profit with the help of my broker till I'm sure I can start of self trading.

  9. The real Bogdanoffs, the whole back story about BTC is that they control it and partly true, just like in the memes, Boggdanoffs sell when every Wojak is buying, as it is mostly a 0 sum game, they take the money from the gullible Wojaks and since they own so much in the begging they "Dump it". Poor Bogdanoffs RIP scapegoats for the actual rulling class duo

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