Mexican billionaire says ‘buy Bitcoin’ in New Year message

Mexico’s
third-richest
person
sent
out
a
heart-warming
New
Year
message
to
Bitcoin
(BTC)
enthusiasts
on
Christmas
Eve.
Ricardo
Salinas
Pliego
recommended
moving
away
from
fiat
money
and
buying
Bitcoin
in
a
two-minute
festive
video. 

He
gives
three
pieces
of
advice
to
his
957,200
followers
on
Twitter
as
part
of
his
Christmas
and
New
Year
message
before
asking
his
followers
to
retweet
and
share:

“Steer
clear
of
fiat
money.
Whether
it’s
the
Dollar,
the
Euro,
or
the
Yen
–it’s
all
the
same.
It’s
fake
money
made
of
paper
lies.
Central
banks
are
producing
more
than
ever.”

He
pauses
before
pointing
to
the
camera
to
say,
“Invest
in
Bitcoin!”

In
front
of
a
golden
Christmas
tree,
the
other
two
“presents”
of
advice
Salinas
left
his
followers
were
to
let
go
of
jealousy
and
to
believe
in
oneself,
particularly
when
pursuing
freedom
and
innovation.

It’s
no
surprise
that
Salinas
promotes
investing
in
BTC.
As
a
prominent

Bitcoin
evangelist
since
2013
,
his
Twitter

bio

describes
himself
simply
as
a
“Mexican
businessman
and
Bitcoin
holder.”

Salinas
aims
to
make
Mexico’s
second-largest
retail
bank,
Banco
Azteca,
the
first
lender
in
the
country
to
do

business

in
BTC.
However,
Salinas,
chairman
of
the
bank’s
parent
company,
Grupo
Salinas,
was
left
disappointed
in
June
this
year.

In
response
to
his
ambitious
plans,
Mexico’s
central
bank

stated

that
cryptocurrencies
like
Bitcoin
are
not
legal
tender
and
are
prohibited
from
use
in
the
country’s
financial
system.
In
September
this
year,
Alejandro
Díaz
de
León,
governor
of
the
Bank
of
Mexico, dismissed
BTC
as
a
reliable
legal
tender
,
citing
price
volatility
as
a
major
roadblock
toward
full-fledged
adoption.



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‘Absolutely
right’
to
think
of
Bitcoin
as
the
new
gold

Mexico’s
3rd
richest
man

It’s
unlikely
to
deter
Salinas.
He
has
been

orange-pilling
Mexico’s
128
million
people
since
the
summer
,
and
in
an

interview
with
Cointelegraph
in
January
this
year
, he
shared
his
conviction
for
BTC
as
a
non-confiscatable
asset.

In
the
interview,
he
also
declared
that
he
first
bought
BTC
at
$500
in

2013
through
Grayscale
,
saying
that
by
2018,
it
had
been
one
of
his
“best
investments
ever.”
He
has
also

tweeted

in
favor
of
Bitcoin
remittances,
which
could
be
a
potential
$40-billion
market
for
Mexicans
sending
cross-border
payments
to
the
United
States.

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