More than 1.1 million bitcoin or over $30 billion worth of the crypto asset is held by a myriad of companies, according to the web portal bitcointreasuries.org. The massive stash of bitcoin reserves held by well known companies started swelling after the billion-dollar firm Microstrategy purchased $250 million worth of bitcoin in August. Now there are 29 firms that are holding the cryptocurrency in place of traditional reserves like stocks and cash.
There’s been a new trend lately, as a great number of prominent companies have decided to leverage bitcoin (BTC) for reserves rather than hold traditionally held assets. The trend started gaining ground after Microstrategy purchased $250 million worth of BTC and shortly after, the firm continued to purchase even more bitcoin. After a few purchases, Microstrategy has upped its holdings to 70,470 BTC or .336% of the supply. Following Microstrategy’s purchase, businesses like Square Inc. and Ruffer Investment Company joined the bitcoin purchasing trend.
To-date there’s an aggregate total of 29 firms listed on the website bitcointreasuries.org, a site that tallies up all the companies in three different sections; publicly traded, private, and ETF-like holders.
There’s a total of 15 publicly traded firms including Microstrategy Inc., Galaxy Digital Holdings, Square Inc., Hut 8 Mining Corp, Voyager Digital LTD, Riot Blockchain, Inc., Bit Digital, Inc., Coin Citadel Inc., Advanced Bitcoin Technologies AG, Digitalx, Hive Blockchain, Cypherpunk Holdings Inc., Bigg Digital Assets Inc., Argo Blockchain, and Frmo Corp. All 15 of these publicly traded firms have approximately 100,003 BTC worth
The section of private companies holding bitcoin treasuries includes four private companies including Mtgox k.k., Block.one, Tezos Foundation, and Stone Ridge Holdings Group. The private companies have more than the public firms by a longshot with 317,383 BTC worth — in all four firm’s…