Billionaire Mark Cuban Says He Holds Only $494 Worth of Dogecoin

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American billionaire Mark Cuban, a high-profile supporter of cryptocurrency, has revealed that he owned less than $500 (roughly Rs. 37,170) worth of Dogecoin. The billionaire investor and Shark Tank star said this when a Twitter user asked him about Bitcoin and Dogecoin, wishing to know which of the two cryptocurrencies he held more in his investment portfolio. Cuban has in the past praised the meme-based cryptocurrency as the strongest medium of exchange. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Cuban’s net worth is $5.8 billion (roughly 43,120 crores).

In a tweet, Cuban said that his NBA team Dallas Mavericks owned what it has sold in merchandise. “The Mavs have what we sold in merch,” he tweeted, adding, “I personally own $494 worth of DOGE.” Cuban’s professional basketball team is one of the leading high-profile organisations that accept the meme-inspired currency as payments for tickets and merchandise.

In March this year, the Mavericks said it has become the first NBA team to accept Dogecoin. Recently, Cuban said that the team is set to give special pricing for merchandise to those who pay in Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency that has also got the backing of another billionaire entrepreneur, Elon Musk.

However, some Twitter users were stunned knowing that Cuban, who had invested in Iron Finance’s Titan token and “got hit” when its price crashed from $64 (roughly Rs. 4,740) to near zero within 24 hours in June, had put so less in Dogecoin despite publicly supporting it in the past and they criticised Cuban for it.

A user asked the billionaire to stop tweeting about Dogecoin, saying after his revelation there was a fear that people could lose money in a price crash.

In reply to the criticism, Cuban said, “DOGEsphere is fun. Their memes are great. They have fun. They make fun of themselves. It’s fun to be part of.”

He also said in another tweet that the virtual currency’s flaws and simplicity are its “biggest strengths.”

Cuban became a billionaire after he sold his online video portal company, Broadcast.com, to Yahoo in 1999.

As of August 17 (4:46pm IST), Dogecoin price in India stood at Rs. 25.85. Click here to check out the prices of other leading cryptocurrencies.


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