Cameron Winklevoss Net Worth
Cameron Winklevoss Net Worth: Cameron Winklevoss is an American rower and entrepreneur who has a net worth of $1 billion. Cameron and his twin brother Tyler Winklevoss are often referred to interchangeably or as a single unit by the media. Today, both twins are well-known for their lucrative Bitcoin investments, although they had previously made headlines due to their well-known legal battle with Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.
According to the Winklevosses, Mark Zuckerberg "stole" their idea to create a social network. The evidence was compelling, and eventually the twins won a $65-million settlement in Facebook stock. The twins then used this money to invest in Bitcoin, which proved to be a wise decision. Outside of his entrepreneurial and academic exploits, Cameron is an accomplished rower who has competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Early Life: Cameron Howard Winklevoss was born on August 21st of 1981 in Southampton, New York. Cameron grew up alongside his twin brother in Greenwich, Connecticut. Like many twins, the siblings developed an affinity for teamwork and cohesiveness from an early age.
Cameron was raised in an upper-class household. His father Howard Winklevoss was by that point an accomplished professor, mathematician, and consultant who used math equations to help predict eventualities for insurance companies and other financial organizations. Howard published a number of books on this brand of science and amassed a net worth of over $200 million.
During his childhood, Cameron enjoyed learning languages like Ancient Greek and Latin. He also displayed a talent for classical piano. Of course, both and his twin brother soon gravitated towards rowing. Because their high school did not have a rowing team, the twins co-founded their own team and started competing together. After finishing high school, Cameron attended Harvard College and studied economics. He eventually earned his A.B. and graduated in 2004. During his college years, Tyler became a member of the rowing team, the Porcellian Club, and the Hasty Pudding Club.
Cameron then went on to study at Oxford's Said Business School to complete graduate school. During his time at Oxford, Cameron once again joined the rowing team and became a Blue Coat. In 2010, he earned his MBA and graduated from Oxford.
Facebook Controversy: While he was attending Harvard, Cameron and his twin brother conceived of an idea to create a social network that would help university students connect with each other. Another early member of the team was a student named Divya Narendra. Together, they began work on an early social network platform they called HarvardConnection (later rebranded as ConnectU).
The issues began when the Winklevosses and Narendra enlisted the help of another student named Mark Zuckerberg to help with the programming side of things. All of the evidence points to the fact that Zuckerberg agreed to help Cameron and his colleagues with the project. Further instant messages and emails suggest that Mark was continuously coming up with excuses as to why he hadn't finished up the programming tasks.
Suddenly, Mark Zuckerberg went public with the fact that he had created his own social network called "The Facebook." The twins were immediately concerned – after all, Facebook was essentially identical to HarvardConnection. Although they tried to raise their concerns with the University, the Winklevosses were told to take the matter to court.
In 2004, ConnectU filed a lawsuit against Facebook, alleging that Mark Zuckerberg had stolen their idea. They had many emails and instant messages that proved Mark had direct access to the underlying code of HarvardConnection and could have easily replicated it. By 2008, the Winklevosses were awarded a total of $65 million. $20 million was handed over in cash, and a further $45 million in Facebook stock was awarded. A number of other lawsuits followed, although the Winklevosses eventually agreed to call it quits and walk away with their seven-figure settlement.
Other Endeavors: Outside of their failed attempt to start a social media platform, Cameron and his brother have started a number of additional business ventures. In 2012, the twins started Winklevoss Capital Management, an investment firm that provides funding to early-stage startups. In 2014, Tyler and Cameron started Gemini, a currency exchange company that specializes in digital assets.
Although Cameron and Tyler conduct most business activities as a pair, one clear expectation is a site called "Guest of a Guest." Cameron acted alone in this endeavor, creating the site alongside Rachelle Hruska. The site is a blog that focuses on parties and nightlife across America. Eventually, his stake was bought out by Hruska.
Bitcoin Fortune: Today, the twins are two of the largest and most vocal investors in Bitcoin on the planet. It is believed that together they own approximately 1% of all Bitcoin in existence, which would equate to approximately 180,000 Bitcoins.
They made their first major Bitcoin purchase in 2013 when, Tyler and Cameron spent $11 million of their own money to purchase 110,000 Bitcoins. At the time, a single Bitcoin was trading at $100. They have never sold a single coin. By December 2017, when a single Bitcoin was trading for $11,300, their investment was worth more than $1.2 billion and they were crowned combined billionaires for the first time.
Roughly a year later, the price of a single Bitcoin had dropped to $6,000, and a few months later it was trading below $4,000. By late 2020, Bitcoin was once again trading at around $17,000 per coin, which allowed the brothers to re-enter billionaire status.
The brothers also own a large quantity of Ethereum, and today Gemini is one of the largest crypto exchanges in the world.
In November 2020 Bitcoin had grown valuable enough for both brothers to be billionaires independently.
Real Estate: In 2012, Tyler and Cameron purchased a modern mansion in Los Angeles for $18 million. The residence spans 8,000 square feet, and there are 5 bedrooms. Notable features include limestone floors, a built-in wet bar, a "state-of-the-art" media room, and a six-car garage. Solid glass walls overlook the city and a swimming pool in the immediate vicinity. In 2015, it was reported that the twins were leasing out their property after owning it for just 3 years. However, it quickly became clear that the Winklevosses were targeting the upper echelons of society with monthly fees of $150,000.
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