The FBI Has More Bitcoins Than the Winklevoss Twins

The US government's wallet is the biggest in the world
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2013 12:07 PM CST
The FBI Has More Bitcoins Than the Winklevoss Twins
This April 3, 2013 file photo shows bitcoin tokens in Sandy, Utah.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The biggest Bitcoin wallet in the world appears to belong to … the FBI? Yes, thanks to its takedown of Silk Road, the Bureau now holds a wallet with 144,000 Bitcoins, Wired reports, which as of this writing is worth somewhere around $100 million. While the Bitcoin market is shadowy and its numbers not always clear cut, that appears to be the most coins anyone has in one place. A second FBI wallet contains about 30,000 more coins ($20 million).

That doesn't make the FBI the world's leading Bitcoin holder—that honor is believed to belong to the currency's inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto. But the secretive Satoshi has scattered his coins among many wallets. The Bureau is, however, beating out perhaps the most famous Bitcoin moguls, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, who claim to own about 1% of all Bitcoins. (Read more FBI stories.)

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