You must have heard of Bitcoin (BTC) multiple times, even if you don’t know what it is. Of course, it’s the largest digital coin in the world and the first digital currency. The talk about BTC is that it helps people make anonymous transactions. That’s true, but we still know the “giant whales” in the game. If you’re wondering who they are, I’m here to explain all you need to know about the highest BTC holders in 2024. Stick around.


Getting to Know the BTC Whales

First, what in the world does the word “whales” have to do with cryptocurrency? Well, think of these guys as heavyweights in the crypto industry with substantial amounts of a particular coin. They’re like the market’s influencers, causing prices to rise and fall and rise again and fall again. 

Not only that, the whales help a lot to keep Bitcoin’s liquidity going. Liquidity? 


Let’s say liquidity is the ease with which you can buy or sell Bitcoin without causing crazy price swings. It’s like a safety net, reducing investment risk and giving more financial flexibility. Cool, right?

The Highest BTC Holders in 2024

Crypto buzz is real, and loads of companies, individual investors, and even celebrities have jumped on the BTC bandwagon. These people are some of the biggest HODLers around at the moment. Check out a few of them:

Private Companies

Many private corporations don’t want to get left behind and have acquired sizable Bitcoin holdings. The why is simple. It’s because digital currencies can rise in value and help protect against inflation. Not even I would want to miss out on such a valuable investment.


Now, let’s explore some of the private companies with the highest BTC holdings:

Tether Holdings LTD 

Tether Holdings LTD is the crypto whale with 55,000 BTC – that’s like having 0.262% of the Bitcoin total supply. It’s worth a jaw-dropping $2.42 billion. And another thing; they’ve established a strong position within the crypto market by maintaining a healthy balance between stablecoin operations and substantial investment in Bitcoin.

The elite software company has 140,000 BTC, which is worth around $6.16 billion. That’s 0.667% of all the Bitcoin out there. For, Bitcoin isn’t just a digital currency; it’s their long-term investment and a symbol of unwavering dedication to the blockchain ecosystem.

Tezos Foundation and Stone Ridge Holdings Group

With 17,500 BTC in its possession, the Tezos Foundation owns 0.083% of the entire Bitcoin supply and is, therefore, worth around $769.41 million. Meanwhile, Stone Ridge Holdings Group, a heavyweight in asset investments, proudly — who wouldn’t be? — possesses 10,000 BTC, with an approximate value of $439.67 million. Stone Ridge sees this Bitcoin investment as a crucial move in their grand strategy to spice up and expand their portfolio.

The truth is most of these private companies go into this Bitcoin investment for different reasons. However, one thing is clear: they believe that finance is going digital, and BTC is leading this transformation. The fact that private entities are stacking up on Bitcoin speaks volumes about the growing institutional support for the leading digital currency. At the same time, they’re dancing like Snoop from the profits: 


Public companies

Just like private companies, many big-name public companies are making waves in the Bitcoin scene. And guess what? Their rich holdings influence the price of cryptocurrencies and their stock performance. Here are some of the public companies with large BTC portfolios:


The famous BI company MicroStrategy has a whopping 189,150 BTC and a valuation of about $8.72 billion. That’s a solid 0.901% chunk of the total supply of 21 million Bitcoins. Incredible, isn’t it? MicroStrategy made a smart move into Bitcoin and turned its stock (MSTR:NADQ) into a sort of Bitcoin twin, dancing to the same tunes as the cryptocurrency’s market moves.

Tesla, Inc.

You know Tesla, the cool electric car and clean energy guru? Turns out they’re also one of the biggest Bitcoin holders. It has a staggering 10,725 worth of BTC, estimated at around $494.48 million.

Tesla is a very influential company, and you know what that means for anything it endorses. When it embraced Bitcoin in 2021, the move was the talk of the town in the crypto world and the traditional financial markets. Since then, the price changes of Bitcoin have affected Tesla’s stock (TSLA:NADQ).

Coinbase Global, Inc

Coinbase, one of the biggest crypto exchange platforms, is another giant whale with 9,000 BTC, worth over $414.9 million. And what does it mean for the company? Well, the value of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies significantly impacts their stock performance.

Block, Inc.

Square, Inc. is now rocking the name Block, Inc. Fancy, right? They’re not just into the finance game; they’ve got 8,027 BTC, which is like $370.35 million in cool crypto cash. 


The Investment by Block (SQ: NYSE) shows its commitment to adding Bitcoin into its more extensive payment system. 

Mining Companies

The mining companies in the Bitcoin world are basically the unsung heroes. These folks not only maintain network security but also use their Bitcoin holdings to influence the market. Check out some of the top mining companies with huge BTC holdings:


Speaking of giants in the mining industry, Marathon has around 15,174 BTC, or roughly $667.15 million. That’s about 0.072 percent of all Bitcoins in circulation. One thing is clear about Marathon’s approach of hoarding the cryptocurrency instead of using it to cover operating costs: they have long-term thinking and faith in Bitcoin’s value.  

Hut 8 and Riot Platforms

With 9,195 BTC values around $401.37 million, Hut 8 is another major holder in the mining industry. Its BTC holding represents 0.043% of the total Bitcoin in circulation. Meanwhile, Riot Platforms has amassed 7,362 BTC worth over $339.42 million. It’s clear from Riot’s plan that the company is committed to Bitcoin and wants to fortify its mining activities.


Celebrity Bitcoin Holders

Celebrities can quickly impact their fans’ decisions. I, for one, have made certain decisions out of influence from my favorite celeb. The same thing happens when they endorse the use of specific cryptocurrencies. 

It turns out that many high-level celebs are among the Bitcoin whales. Now the question is which of them? CoinMarketCap says that the top three celebrity Bitcoin holders are Elon Musk, Jack Dorsey, and Mike Tyson. Personally, I’m not surprised to see Elon Musk on the list since I’ve seen many of his posts about BTC on X — Twitter, if you still love the old name.


The concept of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) may be a bit complex. So, let’s break it down a bit. Think of ETF as a link or middleman between digital assets like Bitcoin and more conventional investment methods. It connects the best of both worlds. 

Now, several ETFs have grown significant Bitcoin holdings and have become star players in the Bitcoin market. Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, one the biggest ETFs, has 643,572 BTC, worth around $29.6 billion. At 3.065% of the total, you’d agree with me that this is a significant amount of Bitcoin. Purpose Bitcoin ETF and CoinShares / XBT Provider are other ETF stars with substantial holdings.

One thing you should know about these ETF guys is that they open the market so more people can invest in Bitcoin. They let more people know about BTC through more conventional investment channels, thereby increasing liquidity. The result? Bitcoin’s price can rise steadily with less price swing and more security. Who wouldn’t want a more secure investment with less risk? 


Final Thoughts 

So there you have it. I guess you’ve learned about some of the top holders of BTC. To recap, some major Bitcoin whales include various public and private companies, ETFs and celebrities. As I mentioned, their role in maintaining liquidity and security in the Bitcoin ecosystem is so crucial. 

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