Cryptocurrency Statistics

The rise of cryptocurrency explored with all the latest statistics.

14 May 2018

Back in December 2017 Bitcoin fever was at its peak. Everyone was talking about cryptocurrencies, telling you to buy, sell or hold, and new cryptos were coming out every week. While things have calmed down since then, there’s still a lot of buzz around cryptocurrencies, but what do we really know about them? We explored the latest statistics to see who is jumping on the cryptocurrency bandwagon.

Quick overview

  • 97.15% of Brits haven’t bought cryptocurrency.
  • 31.09% of Brits aren’t buying crypto because they believe its too high of a risk.
  • Of the 2.85% of Brits who have bought cryptocurrency, 78.95% have bought Bitcoin.
  • There’s a post every 3 seconds on social media about Bitcoin alone.
  • Bitcoin’s price rose over 2,000% from January 2017 to December 2017, from $953 to $20,089.

3 seconds

Every 3 seconds there is a post on social media about Bitcoin.

Who is buying cryptocurrency?

Finder conducted a survey of 2,000 Brits to find out who is buying cryptocurrency. 2.85% of Brits are buying cryptocurrencies in the UK, this amounts to over 1.1 million people who have invested – but who are they and what are they buying?

  • 4.68% of millennials have invested.
  • 2.77% of Gen X have bought into crypto.
  • While just 1.58% of baby boomers have jumped onto the crypto bandwagon.
  • Men are more likely to have bought crypto than women, sitting at 3.66% compared to 2.06% for women.
  • Of those who have holdings in cryptocurrency, 78.95% have bought bitcoin.


Of millennials have jumped on the crypto bandwagon.

For more insights see the full results of the survey.

Market capitalisation

Market capitalisation is effectively a way of measuring the relative size of a cryptocurrency, it is calculated by multiplying the price of a coin and its circulating supply. So what are the top 10 cryptocurrencies?

Since March the top 10 has been shaken up, with EOS overtaking Litecoin to become the 5th biggest cryptocurrency by market capitlisation. Whilst TRON has also overtaken NEO, knocking it off the top 10 spot.

Rank Name Market Cap ($)
1 Bitcoin $143,506,539,558
2 Ethereum $70,468,882,041
3 Ripple $28,416,763,540
4 Bitcoin Cash $23,892,234,750
5 EOS $12,007,090,578
6 Litecoin $7,742,463,883
7 Cardano $6,996,212,568
8 Stellar $6,640,803,936
9 IOTA $5,280,190,293
10 TRON $4,756,060,601

Market capitalisation data accurate as of 14/05/18 from

For more stats on Bitcoin see our guide to Bitcoin statistics.

The biggest rise and falls in cryptocurrency

If there is one thing cryptocurrencies are notorious for, it’s unpredictable price fluctuations. But what have been the biggest rises and falls in the crypto world?

  • 24 hours is a long time in the crypto-world, alt-coin Aeron (ARN) experienced a 337.29% rise in just 24 hours in January 2018.
  • Bitcoin experienced growth of 1,318% in 2017, at its peak worth $19,783 on December 17th, 2017.
  • The biggest rise of 2017 was by Ripple, which experienced 36,018% growth over the year.
  • Amid fears of government regulation in February 2018, over $100 billion was wiped off the global cryptocurrency market in just 24 hours.

Best performing cryptocurrencies in 2017, ranked by percentage increase.

Best performing cryptocurrencies in 2017, ranked by percentage increase.

CryptocurrencyPercentage rise
Binance Coin8,061%

Who is winning from the rise of cryptocurrency?

It is no secret that there is money to be made from cryptocurrency, but with such unpredictable price fluctuations, it’s a risky game. We explored Forbes’ latest rich list to find out who the biggest players in the game are.

  • To make the list, you need to have made $350 million from cyptocurrency.
  • Chris Larsen, the co-founder of ripple, tops the list with an estimated crypto net worth of $7.5 – $8 billion.
  • The average age on the crypto rich list is 42 – compared to 67 on the traditional Forbes’ rich list.

The richest people in cryptocurrency

Mainly populated by Cofounders and CEOs, the Forbes cryptocurrency rich list details those who have made their millions from crypto. Explore the table below to see who made the list.

Name Age Estimated Crypto Net Worth How they made their money
Chris Larsen 57 $7.5 billion – $8 billion Cofounder, Ripple
Joseph Lubin 53 $1 billion – $5 billion Cofounder, Ethereum. Founder, Consensys
Changpeng Zhao 41 $1.1 billion – $2 billion CEO, Binance
Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss 36 $900 million – $1.1 billion Cofoudners, Winklevoss Capital
Matthew Mellon 54 $900 million – $1 billion Individual Investor
Brian Armstrong 35 $900 million – $1 billion CEO, Coinbase
Matthew Roszak 45 $900 million – $1 billion Cofounder, Bloq. Founder, Tally Capital
Anthony Di Iorio 43 $750 million – $1 billion Cofounder, Ethereum. Founder, Jaxx and Decentral
Brock Pierce 37 $700 million – $1 billion Chairman, Bitcoin Foundation. Advisor,
Michael Novogratz 53 $700 million – $1 billion CEO, Galaxy Digital
Brendan Blumer 31 $600 million – $700 million CEO,
Dan Larimer 35 $600 million – $700 million Chief Technology Officer,
Valery Vavilov 38 $500 million – $700 million CEO, Bitfury
Charles Hoskinson 30 $500 million – $600 million Cofounder, Ethereum, IOHK
Brad Garlinghouse 47 $400 million – $500 million CEO, Ripple
Barry Silbert 41 $400 million – $500 million CEO, Digital Currency Group
Vitalik Buterin 24 $400 million – $500 million Creator of Ethereum
Tim Draper 59 $350 million – $500 million Founder, Draper Associates
Song Chi-Hyung 38 $350 million – $500 million CEO, Dunamu. Founder, Upbit

Who are the biggest losers from cryptocurrency?

The value of cryptocurrency, much like any investment, can go up as well as down. We explored who the biggest losers from cryptocurrency are, whether these are from big scams or massive missed opportunities, who has lost the most?

  • Rapper 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) accepted Bitcoin payments for his album back in 2014, recently claiming that he has forgotten about them and they were now worth millions. However, his record label had actually converted the currency into US dollars immediately, meaning the rapper missed out on the potential meteoric rise of Bitcoin in late 2017.
  • Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak recently announced he had been scammed out of 7 bitcoin – worth over $70,000 at its peak.
  • Lily Allen turned down an online-concert for “several hundred thousand bitcoin” back in 2009. If the offer was just for 100,000 Bitcoin, that would be worth an astounding £621,340,000 (May 2018).

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