Back in 2009, James Howell entered the cryptocurrency space and was able to accumulate 7,500 Bitcoin. Eventually, his girlfriend made him give it up, as the blockchain mining hardware was far too noisy for her liking. At the time, it wasn’t a huge loss.
The British IT worker ended up selling most of the mining equipment for scraps after he accidentally spilled lemonade all over them. Howell did, however, keep the hard drive with the keys to his digital wallet for a few years before eventually throwing it in the trash, yikes.
Currently, one bitcoin is now trading for just under $13,000 USD which would’ve made him up a ‘mere’ $96 million. Now, the money just sits in a random landfill somewhere. Howell joked about digging it up back in 2013 to the Guardian but is now making plans to dig it up.
He told the Independent:
“A modern landfill is a complex engineering project and digging one up brings up all sorts of environmental issues such as dangerous gasses and potential landfill fires. It’s a big, expensive and risky project.”
Howell is not certain which trash mound holds his long-lost fortune and who knows, it may not even be salvageable if he does find it but he intends on trying.
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