Publisher Little Brown is to release a biography about crypto twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss called “Bitcoin Billionaires”. The book, which is to be published both in the UK and US next year, has been bought by Richard Beswick, Little Brown’s publishing director.
The brothers, renowned in sporting circles as a rowing pair who competed for the US in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, are perhaps better known for suing Mark Zuckerberg in 2014 for supposedly stealing their Uconnect social networking concept which went on to become Facebook. The case netted them USD 65 million.
The book will follow their various travails through the Silk Road website, their dealings with the SEC and the Facebook affair. According to a spokesman from the publishing house, their dubious connection with Zuckerberg damaged their potential to be investable, as investors were concerned about “alienating their nemesis”. Little Brown promises it will take readers on “a wild and surprising ride while shining a bright light on an economic event that continues to baffle the average reader”.
Once, as Little Brown pointed out, a chance encounter in Ibiza drove them to realize that Facebook had become “establishment”, they moved on very quickly:
“If they wanted to be disrupters and make a true killing they needed to get in on the ground floor of a brand new idea: cryptocurrency. They started buying Bitcoin when it was USD 6 a coin – it is now trading at over USD 7,000 a coin.”
As a result, on 26 November 2017, the twins became the first Bitcoin billionaires.
This isn’t the first time that the Winklevoss twins have featured in a book by Ben Mezrich. It was his 2009 book, The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the Academy Award Winning movie The Social Network with actor Armie Hammer playing both twins.
There is a rumor circulating that the book is already being considered for a movie deal after a report by the New York Post. The twins have also appeared on this year’s “40 under 40” fintech movers and shakers.
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