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Bitcoin Q&A: Wealth distribution statistics



What are your thoughts on wealth distribution / concentration in Bitcoin? Addresses are not people! The majority of addresses are used anonymously / pseudo-anonymously, so clustering is very difficult. Exchanges or payment processors may be holding the funds of hundreds of thousands of people in only a few addresses; at the same time, a single person could be controlling thousands of addresses with very small amounts, or a single address may be a multi-sig that is controlled by more than one person. Cryptocurrencies in general do have poor Gini coefficients (i.e. unequal distribution) when compared to society as a whole, especially because we are still in the very early stages of adoption. However there is no sound evidence to support most of the internal wealth distribution statistics being published in the media. The implications of large numbers of bitcoin being held in very few addresses has greater implications for the storage security of custodians -- and the risk of an expensive hack -- than it does for wealth distribution. RELATED: Investing in Education Instead of Speculation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uXAb... The 21 million supply cap - https://youtu.be/AABkJ55Zz3A How long until mainstream adoption? - https://youtu.be/y3cKBDBabtA How do I choose a wallet? - https://youtu.be/tN6b62sEpsY Hyperbitcoinization - https://youtu.be/AB5MU5fXKfo The Stories We Tell About Money - https://youtu.be/ONvg9SbauMg How much bitcoin do you have? - https://youtu.be/DJtM9mR7cOU HODLing and the "get free" scheme - https://youtu.be/MhOwmsW1YNI Separation of money and state - https://youtu.be/jGmtRA9S7_Y How do I secure my bitcoin? - https://youtu.be/vt-zXEsJ61U Hot vs. cold wallets - https://youtu.be/Aji_E9sw0AE This was part of the first monthly live Patreon Q&A session on November 27th, 2017. If you want early-access to talks and a chance to participate in the monthly live Q&As with Andreas, become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/aantonop Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and respected figures in bitcoin. Follow on Twitter: @aantonop https://twitter.com/aantonop Website: https://antonopoulos.com/ He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin,” published by O’Reilly Media and considered the best technical guide to bitcoin; “The Internet of Money,” a book about why bitcoin matters. THE INTERNET OF MONEY, v1: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Internet-Mon... [NEW] THE INTERNET OF MONEY, v2: https://www.amazon.com/Internet-Money... MASTERING BITCOIN: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mastering-Bi... [NEW] MASTERING BITCOIN, 2nd Edition: https://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Bitc... Music: "Unbounded" by Orfan (https://www.facebook.com/Orfan/) Outro Graphics: Phneep (http://www.phneep.com/) Outro Art: Rock Barcellos (http://www.rockincomics.com.br/)

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