Don’t be stupid, be like the Winklevoss twins

Whether or not you're getting rich off of crypto, there is a good lesson you can take away from the Winklevoss twins: Money you don't spend on luxuries like fancy cars can be invested,
and that lets it keep growing
over time. 

Smart people let investments work for them, not the other way around.

We all know that The Winklevoss twins are the first Bitcoin billionaires next to Satoshi Nakamoto, but they don't act like it.

Background
When the twins were awarded $65 million in cash and Facebook stock after a lengthy legal dispute with Mark Zuckerberg, they used their windfall to take a risk: They backed bitcoin, and the decision paid off.

In April 2013, the Winklevoss twins together held $11 million in bitcoin priced at $120 a coin. That holding grew to be worth more than $1 billion in December 2017 as the price of one coin surpassed $11,700.

That month, The New York Times reported the twins' bitcoin holdings were worth about $1.3 billion and that they held an additional $350 million in other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum. 

While other early cryptocurrency investors are splurging on things like Lamborghinis, though, the Winklevoss brothers are managing their wealth differently.

"While they both have apartments in downtown Manhattan, they say they live relatively spartan lives with few luxuries," The Times' Nathaniel Popper reports. "Cameron drives an old S.U.V.; Tyler doesn't have a car at all."

Whether or not you're getting rich off of crypto, there is a good lesson you can take away from the Winklevoss twins: Money you don't spend on luxuries like fancy cars can be invested, and that lets it keep growing over time.

As 'Shark Tank' investor Kevin O'Leary puts it in a conversation with CNBC Make It, "The truth is, there is a lot of crap you don't need.”

"Anytime I pick up something I'm going to buy, I say to myself, 'Do I really need this?'" O'Leary explains. "Because if I don't buy it, the money is going to be invested and make money every year for me while I'm sleeping."

Bitcoin skeptics like Warren Buffett, who tells CNBC "almost with certainty" that cryptocurrencies "will come to a bad ending," recommend investing in low-cost index funds, a way to cheaply hold diverse positions in the largest companies in the stock market.

Dont be stupid, be like the Winklevoss twins.


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