U.S. billionaire and one-time cryptocurrency skeptic Carl Icahn is contemplating a potential $1.5 billion investment in digital currencies.
The activist investor said he's looking at investing in crypto in "a relatively big way," clarifying that "big" could mean "a billion dollars, billion-and-a-half."
Icahn shared his thoughts via an interview on Wednesday with Bloomberg on topics including investor activism, GameStop shares and digital assets.
Once likening cryptocurrency to the 18th century Mississippi land bubble that led to the collapse of stock markets in Europe, Icahn now appears intrigued by cryptocurrency's potential.
"I'm looking at the whole business," said Icahn, referring to the crypto industry. "I'm not looking at what to buy necessarily at this time. I'm just looking at the whole business and how I might get involved with it."
Icahn also said he believes crypto assets are "here to stay in one form or another," before being pressed on how much he would consider buying through his investing conglomerate, Icahn Enterprises.
"I will say about cryptocurrencies ... I don't think there will be a lot of survivors out there trading today," Icahn said. "I think there's got to be some form of really feeling there's safety and value there."
The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.