Warren Buffett's Firm Profits from Crypto Despite His Doubts on Bitcoin

Warren Buffett's Firm Profits from Crypto Despite His Doubts on Bitcoin


By Jakub Lazurek

30 Mar 2024

2 min read


Despite Buffett's skepticism, Berkshire Hathaway gains from crypto investments

Despite Warren Buffett's harsh critique of Bitcoin, calling it 'rat poison,' his company, Berkshire Hathaway, sees profit from the cryptocurrency world.

While the financial industry increasingly embraces digital currencies, Buffett, renowned for his traditional investment approach favoring stable, profitable companies, remains a notable skeptic of Bitcoin.

Buffett's strategy has led Berkshire Hathaway through market ups and downs with great success, focusing on investing in companies that generate steady cash and value.

However, his view on cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin, has been largely negative. In a 2018 Yahoo! Finance interview, he dismissed Bitcoin as lacking real value, emphasizing its speculative nature.

At the 2022 Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, Buffett expressed his disinterest in Bitcoin, stating he wouldn't want all the Bitcoin in the world even for $25, questioning its practical use.

Despite this, Berkshire Hathaway benefits from investments in the cryptocurrency sector, such as its significant stake in Brazilian fintech Nu Holdings Ltd., which marks a contrast to Buffett's public stance.

Nu Holdings, founded in 2013, revolutionized banking with digital solutions, offering affordable accounts and personal loans. In 2022, it ventured into cryptocurrencies with Nucripto, allowing trading of over 15 tokens, and introduced its cryptocurrency, Nucoin.

Though crypto is a small part of its revenue, Nu Holdings' involvement in the crypto market is growing.

Berkshire Hathaway invested $500 million in Nu Holdings before it went public in December 2021, later increasing the investment to $750 million. This investment has been fruitful, with Nu's stock up nearly 50% in 2024, following an almost 100% increase in 2023.

These financial gains could influence Buffett's view on cryptocurrency.

The success of a crypto-related business might lead him to reconsider his stance on digital currencies. In 2024, Bitcoin outperformed major indices, with a nearly 70% increase, significantly above the S&P 500's growth.

As Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies gain more attention, the spotlight is on Berkshire Hathaway and Buffett.

Observers are curious if the positive results from Bitcoin-adjacent investments will encourage Buffett to explore the cryptocurrency market further or invest directly in digital tokens, potentially shifting their investment strategy in the evolving digital currency space.

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