Due to the fixed supply of Bitcoin, former Google Product Director
Steve Lee stated that only 1 percent of the world’s population can
own more than 0.28 BTC. But research show it can be even less.
Supply and demand
The scarcity of Bitcoin is expected to increase drastically as more investors
and institutions enters the market. The supply of Bitcoin is fixed at 21 million
and as a hard coded monetary policy of the protocol, the fixed supply cannot
be altered. When the demand from investors increase, less individuals will
ever get the chance to own a whole bitcoin.
“If you own 0.28 BTC and HODL, you can be certain no more than 1% of the
current world’s population can ever own more BTC than you. A modest
investment of $1,830 today can ensure you are a 1%er in a future Bitcoin
world,” Lee explained.
You could be less than 1%
Chainalysis, a blockchain forensics company, revealed in a research paper
that up to four million BTC are permanently lost as a result of theft and the
loss of wallets and private keys.
The 0.28 BTC figure introduced by Lee assumes the supply of Bitcoin to be
21 million. If the research of Chainalysis is accurate, that number shrinks to
about 17 million. That means that only 0.8 percent of the world population will
own more than 0.28 BTC. And less than 0.2% will ever own more than 1 BTC.
The fact that any investor in the global market can be within the 1 percent of
the world population with a $1,830 investment shows that the cryptocurrency
market is still at its early phase. The sector can still grow significantly in the
mid to long-term, but everyone won’t get the chance to invest.