Billionaire Dismisses ETH, DOGE, Backs XMR, ZEC, Says His Bank Will Accept BTC
Ricardo Salinas Pliego, the influential Mexican billionaire with links to his nation’s government, has hit out at ethereum (ETH) and dogecoin (DOGE) – while issuing ringing endorsements of bitcoin (BTC) and privacy tokens. Salinas, who heads a retail and media empire has announced that his bank, Banco Azteca, will become the first in the nation to accept BTC if he gets his way.
Salinas went public last year with news of his personal bitcoin purchase, going on to advise his Twitter followers (over 900,000 today) to make their own BTC investments. He has since gone on to become one of the nation’s most prominent bitcoin bulls, and has become increasingly vocal with his social media support for the token on Twitter – possibly sparking a trend amongst young, tech-savvy MPs across the Latin American region.
Salinas is close to the inner machine of the Mexican government, and last year was one of a small clutch of Mexican businesses invited to meet the then-United States President Donald Trump on the latter’s official visit to the nation.
His latest claims, about Banco Azteca, came as part of a flurry of Twitter activity during which he sang BTC’s praises – and scorned at detractors championing altcoins.
After a portion of a video interview Salinas gave earlier this month was shared by bitcoin bulls such as MicroStrategy’s boss Michael Saylor and prominent BTC investor Anthony Pompliano, the Mexican took to Twitter with zeal, expanding on his BTC plans.
In various tweets and replies, Salinas wrote that “we are working to bring [cryptoassets] to our clients at Banco Azteca] and continue promoting freedom.”
He added, in English, “me and my bank are working to be the first bank in Mexico to accept BTC.”
Saylor pointed out that “if you are hoping to preserve your wealth for a generation,” Salinas had suggested investing in BTC, as part of a strategy of “choosing the highest quality asset you can find and HODL.”
Pompliano, meanwhile, called the video “incredible” given the Mexican’s “historic wealth and success.”
In the video, posted on June 21 by José Rodriguez, an executive at the crypto exchange Bitso, Salinas dismissed claims that BTC is a “currency,” instead claiming that it was clearly an “asset.”
But if it is indeed an “asset,” he added, “it must have international value, has enormous liquidity, and that’s why it should be anybody’s portfolio.”
During the video, he also added that as an “asset,” it did not matter much if the Bitcoin network was slow, as long as the token continued to perform its function as a store of value.