Who owns the biggest Bitcoin wallet?

The answer to this question might be obvious to those who have been following the Silk Road saga.

US government

The US government owns the largest Bitcoin wallet

In September the FBI closed in on the online black market Silk Road, shutting down the website and seizing thousands of bitcoins – worth $3.6 million at the time.

As a result, the US government now owns the “single largest Bitcoin wallet on the internet,” controlling more than 144,000 bitcoins from one virtual wallet, Wired reports. The FBI also seized a wallet with 30,000 bitcoins prior to September’s Silk Road raid.

Based on today’s price of one Bitcoin, this stash is worth more $100,000 million.

But while the government may have the biggest single Bitcoin wallet, it is not the biggest holder of the cryptocurrency.

Wired says that Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto – whoever he is – is estimated to have 1 million coins in various wallets.

Read the full Wired story here.

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