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Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss – the twin brothers who famously became billionaires after heavily investing in Bitcoin – will be travelling to Malta next month to address the Malta Blockchain Summit.
After successfully suing Mark Zuckerberg for $65 million in a dispute popularised in the film The Social Network, the Winklevoss twins purchased $11 million worth of Bitcoin, back when the cryptocurrency was only trading at $120.
Their investment paid off, with the value of Bitcoin soaring to the point where they were confirmed as one of the world’s first Bitcoin billionaires.
The Winklevoss twins also own the crypto exchange Gemini, which in 2014 became the world’s first regulated exchange for Ethereum. They have also secured a patent to launch a Bitcoin-based exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the US but have faced regulatory challenges in setting it up.
They will join a star-studded line-up at the Malta Blockchain Summit, which is being organised by event planning guru Eman Pulis, at the start of November. Other speakers include Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, businessman John McAfee and Sophia, the world’s first android citizen.