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Bitcoin Getting More Decentralized, Data Shows

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 14:25
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Alex Dovbnya
Bitcoin whales no longer hold the lion’s share of the BTC supply
Bitcoin Getting More Decentralized, Data Shows
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Bitcoin whales now control less than 50 percent of BTC’s supply, according to data provided by blockchain firm Glassnode:

The % of supply owned by entities holding ≤ 10 BTC grew from 5.1% to 13.8% in 5 years, while the percent held by entities with 100-100k BTC declined from 62.9% to 49.8%.

This is the first time since April 2010 that the lion’s share of all coins is held by those who own less than 100 BTC.

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"Whale" addresses on decline

Unlike central bankswhich can change the supply of fiat money on a whimthere is no centralized authority that is capable of regulating Bitcoin’s monetary base. The coin’s total supply is set in stone at 21 mln.

However, the crypto king has faced a lot of criticism related to omnipotent whales who have the power to manipulate the market.

Back in 2018, only 1,600 BTC wallets were responsible for holding a third of Bitcoin’s entire supply. While some of these addresses, of course, belong to cryptocurrency exchanges, the anti-Bitcoin argument about a large concentration of wealth in the hands of a few still stands.

Now, it appears that the dispersion of the Bitcoin supply is on the rise. To put this into perspective, addresses with more than 100 BTC controlled 64 percent of all coins when the bellwether cryptocurrency reached its current peak of $20,000 on Dec. 18, 2017.

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Stellar and XRP "boast" the highest inequality

That being said, Bitcoin has the lowest disparity of wealth among the top cryptocurrencies, according to a February CoinMetrics report.

XRP and Stellar (XLM), on the other hand, lead the pack of the top cryptocurrencies when it comes to inequality.

The latter has a whopping 95 percent of its supply controlled by whales.  The Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) alone holds more than 50 percent of all tokens.

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About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at