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After Sleeping Rough in the Finland winter, Neil Jones decided to Invest in Crypto
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After Sleeping Rough in the Finland winter, Neil Jones decided to Invest in Crypto

Star of hit show Strictly Come Dancing, Neil Jones wasn’t always a world famous celebrity.

In an October 2021 interview with the financial website he spoke about learning the importance of money after living on the streets in Finland.

He described how he took any job he could find to make ends meet, from part-time catering to construction work on building sites. He slept on friends’ sofas and at one point was homeless.

He slept rough in a sleeping bag in the harsh Finnish winter, seeking shelter by breaking into the warehouse his dance studio was located in, after hours.

Then 18, he made the commitment after that experience to learn about investing and making money, at the same time as putting in the work to make his dancing career take off.

Neil Jones on buying Crypto

‘I’ve put a five-figure sum into three cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dogecoin. I’m also looking to invest in others. I just feel that’s the way we are heading. A lot of people are now using far less cash. 

Overall, my investments in cryptocurrencies have risen in value by a respectable four per cent over the past year.’

The Bet Paid Off

Fast forward to 2021 and Bitcoin has hit a new all time high this year of over $67,000, as have Ethereum and Dogecoin.

Institutional adoption and retail investor interest are booming in Finland, throughout Scandinavia, Neil Jones’ home country of the UK, and worldwide anywhere with an internet connection.

It’s seen as an inflation hedge and better store of value than Gold, and is the best performing asset of the last decade. 

It’s increasingly recognised as a medium of exchange and accepted by retailers as a form of payment. Many online casinos and safe betting sites also accept it as Blockchain technology is utilized to make financial transactions secure online.

Investors on the New York Stock exchange can now put their money into the first Bitcoin futures ETF.

Neil Jones’ investment decisions may have seemed like a gamble at the time when there was less buzz around cryptocurrency, but they paid off.

So did his determination to make a name for himself in his field – he has won 45 dancing titles, representing the UK, Netherlands and Finland.

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Omar Ortiz

Omar Ortiz

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