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Early Bitcoin dev misses out on $1.3B after selling too soon

Martti Malmi, one of the earliest Bitcoin developers, has explained what happened to his once massive crypto holdings since 2009.

According to a Friday Twitter thread from the former Bitcoin (BTC) developer, Martti Malmi mined nearly 55,000 coins between 2009 and 2010 when the price was almost zero. Malmi stated that he ended up liquidating 5,050 BTC for $5 in October 2009, and losing 30,000 BTC through one of the first Bitcoin exchanges he ran when “there was no established exchange rate.”

“I was planning to HODL the rest of my BTC, but had to sell the most of it at a bad rate (~$5) in 2012 when finding a new job took longer than expected,” said Malmi. “Since then I’ve kept my varying amount of savings in BTC. That’s not much, but still nice gains over the years.”

“I’d be a billionaire now if I hadn’t sold the 55,000 bitcoins I mined on my laptop in 2009-2010 way too early (mostly before 2012). That is regretful, but then again, with the early bitcoiners we set in motion something greater than personal gain,” Malmi said on Twitter on Dec.18,2020.

Nevertheless, the Bitcoin developer’s arguably most substantial investment from his early crypto earnings was when he sold 10,000 BTC in 2011 to buy an apartment in Helsinki. “Probably the most expensive studio in the world now,” he said on Twitter.

With Bitcoin’s recent rally to $24,000, Malmi’s original 55,000 BTC holdings would now be worth more than $1.3 billion. Despite all of this, the former developer explains he “never had serious regret.”

“This hasn’t been as rough as it might first sound,” said Malmi. “It’s not like I ever had $1B and lost it overnight. Besides Bitcoin’s success, I was pretty darn happy about getting my own apartment at age 22.”

He also added:

“Perhaps owing to Finnish culture, idealistic mentality and lack of life experience, I never thought much about making money. It happened accidentally as a byproduct of Satoshi asking me to keep my node running so others could connect.”

This was reported by on Dec.20,2020.

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