Not buying Bitcoin early was the ‘biggest mistake I’ve ever made’ — Trevor Noah

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South African comedian and entertainer Trevor Noah said his life’s biggest mistake was not buying Bitcoin (BTC) when it was “worth nothing.”

The actor, comedian and former host of The Daily Show made the comments in front of thousands of attendees on the opening night of Web Summit Qatar 2024 in Doha on Feb. 26.

Noah spoke about his love of tech and aired his thoughts on the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), but when asked what the biggest mistake he’s ever made in his life was, he replied:

“The biggest mistake I’ve ever made was not buying Bitcoin when it was nothing; that’s the biggest mistake I’ve made […] It cost nothing at some point.”

He added that another mistake was “not taking the time to understand it.”

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Trevor Noah speaking on Bitcoin at Web Summit Qatar. Source: YouTube

Noah has previously talked about crypto and nonfungible token (NFT) trading on the American late-night talk show, The Daily Show, which he hosted until September 2022.

He has previously discussed how Bitcoin and crypto are going mainstream, joking about crypto terms and price volatility. He has also commented on market crashes and the collapse of FTX.

In 2018, Noah was the target of false rumors that suggested he was leaving The Daily Show to pursue Bitcoin trading through an investment scheme called “Bitcoin Revolution South Africa,” though those articles appear to have been deleted since.

He ended up leaving the show for real in 2022, saying, “My time is up.”

The Qatar tech conference kicked off in Doha on Feb. 26 and runs until Feb. 29, with discussion focused on technologies like fintech and AI.

The prime minister of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, also spoke at the opening, announcing a $1-billion investment by the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) in international and regional venture capital funds to support entrepreneurs and emerging technologies.

Related: Qatar slammed for not taking enough action against crypto companies

It is unlikely that the 40-year-old Johannesburg-born comedian will be losing too much sleep over Bitcoin, as his net worth is around $100 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Nevertheless, Noah’s lamenting over missed crypto opportunities comes as BTC prices hit a 25-month high of $56,700 in early trading on Feb. 27, while Bitcoin’s market capitalization has recrossed the $1.1-trillion mark.

The asset has gained a whopping 34% over the past 30 days and is now just 18.5% down from its November 2021 all-time high of $69,000.

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