This year, the world’s largest cryptocurrency experienced a meteoric rise, topping higher than $62,000 per coin in April, as companies ranging from Tesla to big Wall Street banks helped to introduce bitcoin to the mainstream, so now the famous crypto has a market capitalization of $1 trillion.
With bitcoin’s record-breaking run over the last few months, Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman and worldwide known investor Charlie Munger’s discontent for the digital asset has only grown, he said on Saturday at Berkshire’s annual shareholder meeting.
He continued by saying that he thinks “that the whole damn development is disgusting and contrary to the interests of civilization,” to put it “modestly.”
Some businesses and government officials are turning to bitcoin as a reserve investment. Tesla recently placed a $1.5 billion bet on bitcoin and now recognizes it as a form of payment for its vehicles. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are looking to provide bitcoin exposure to their high-net-worth clients.
The latest comments are not the first time Munger has slammed the much-hyped cryptocurrency, as he has long chastised bitcoin for its high volatility and lack of regulatory oversight. At the Daily Journal’s annual shareholders meeting in February, Munger said that bitcoin is too risky to be used as a medium of exchange.
According to Coin Metrics, bitcoin last traded above $57,000, up from about $30,000 at the start of 2021.
The world’s most famous cryptocurrency operating on a blockchain has the benefit of avoiding the drawbacks of centralized currencies, such as inflation and financial crises, enthusiasts claim. The bitcoin digital currency has a 21 million-unit supply cap. Nearly 18.6 million blocks have already been mined, and experts predict that mining will continue for another 120 years as new blocks become more difficult to produce.