In his recent appearance on the Lex Fridman podcast, Ethereum co-creator, Vitalik Buterin, revealed he profited more than $4 million from a $25,000 investment that he made into Dogecoin during 2016.
But true to form, he gave it all away to charity.
Dogecoin was created in December 2013 and sought to capitalize on the popularity of the then-popular Shiba Inu-inspired doge meme, with Vitalik describing DOGE as among the first “fun coins” launched into the burgeoning crypto asset ecosystem.
Although he was impressed by the community that had formed around DOGE, Vitalik joked about the lack of investment thesis informing his decision, stating:
“At the beginning, people didn’t take it very seriously […] I just remembered thinking to myself, how am I going to explain to my mum that I just invested $25,000 into Dogecoin […] like the only interesting thing about this coin is a logo of a dog somewhere. But of course, that was one of the best investments I have