Bitcoin ‘millionaire’ wallets drop 80% in year of BTC price bear market
Twelve months after Bitcoin’s last all-time high, seven-figure BTC balances have taken a hit.
Bitcoin (BTC) millionaires are becoming an increasingly rare breed as numbers fall 80% in a year.
According to the latest data from on-chain analytics firm Glassnode, there are now just 23,000 wallets with a BTC balance worth $1 million or more.
1 year, 90,000 fewer million-dollar BTC wallets
In yet another indication of how far the crypto market has fallen since Bitcoin’s last all-time highs, Bitcoin millionaires have been seriously feeling the pinch.
Glassnode, which tracks multiple cohorts of BTC wallets, confirms that as of Nov. 25, there were 23,245 with a balance worth over $1 million.
Contrast that with the scene from Nov. 8, 2021, when the tally hit its peak as BTC/USD approached its latest $69,000 all-time high — then, there were 112,898 “millionaire” wallets.
Such addresses have fallen in line with spot price itself, subject to modest selling by owners at various points of Bitcoin’s year-long bear market.
Millionaire wallet numbers are down around 79% in that period, while BTC/USD saw a maximum drawdown of 77% this month, data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows.
Bitcoin address numbers in “up only” mode
As Cointelegraph reported, meanwhile, the picture looks somewhat different in BTC terms. Since the FTX implosion, certain classes of wallet have been accumulating.
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In addition, as noted by co-founders of trading suite Decentrader this week, exchange users withdrawing funds to private storage and consolidating wallets likely account for the significant increase in wallets with 1 BTC or more.
As of Nov. 27, these totaled over 952,000 — a record in Bitcoin’s history.
Glassnode nonetheless shows that even the smallest classes of investor — those with 0.01 BTC or more in their wallets — have also grown in numbers recently.
Overall, however, addresses with a non-zero balance have been in decline since Nov. 18, its data shows — a comparatively rare trend break last seen in April 2021.
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