Bitman Co-Founder Sees Crypto Industry Growing to Tens of Trillions of Dollars

Bitman Co-Founder Sees Crypto Industry Growing to Tens of Trillions of Dollars

Jihan Wu, the billionaire co-founder of mining giant Bitmain, told Forbes that the crypto market could end up reaching "tens of trillions."In November, the total crypto market capitalization topped $3 trillion after recording mind-blowing gains earlier this year. It is currently sitting at $2.2 billion due to a market correction, with Bitcoin accounting for just a little over 40% of the sum.MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor recently predicted that the price of Bitcoin could reach $600,000.

Stepping away from Bitmain

Wu founded Matrixport back in 2019 after the hotly anticipated Bitmain initial public offering went awry.In July, Wu resigned from Bitmain after nasty infighting with fellow co-founder Micree Zhan. The two reached an amicable settlement, which included handing Wu control over cloud mining service Bitdeer.While reflecting on the power struggle, Wu says that Bitmain is doing "well" financially:

In August, Matrixport reached a valuation of more than $1 billion, becoming yet another cryptocurrency unicorn after wrapping up a $100 million funding round.

"Breathtaking" innovation

While detractors tend to dismiss crypto as a speculative play, Wu is convinced that the tech behind it holds a lot of promise.He says that Satoshi Nakamoto's Bitcoin white paper opened "a new world" of opportunities.Wu also described the decentralized finance industry, which has experienced stupendous growth over the past two years, as "breathtaking."The crypto billionaire predicts that cryptocurrencies will eventually be embraced by legacy finance and regulatory institutions:

Eventually, traditional financial institutions and regulators will embrace blockchain technology.

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