In Mexico, the third-richest person sent out a New Year’s message to people who love Bitcoin (BTC) on Christmas Eve. Ricardo Salinas Pliego made a two-minute video for the holidays in which he said that people should stop using fiat money and buy Bitcoin.
As part of his Christmas and New Year message on Twitter, he gives his 957,200 followers three pieces of advice. Then he asks them to retweet and share.
Steer clear of fiat money. Whether it’s the Dollar, the Euro, or the Yen –it’s all the same. It’s fake money made of paper lies. Central banks are producing more than ever
Then, he looks at the camera and says, “Invest in Bitcoin!”
In front of a golden Christmas tree, the other two “gifts” of advice that Salinas gave to his followers were to let go of jealousy and to believe in yourself, especially when you want to be free and make new things.
Because Salinas wants people to invest in BTC, it’s not a surprise. As a well-known Bitcoin advocate since 2013, his Twitter bio says he is a “Mexican businessman and Bitcoin owner.”
Salinas wants to make Mexico’s second-largest retail bank, Banco Azteca, the first bank in the country to do business in BTC. This is what he wants to do. The bank’s parent company, Grupo Salinas, didn’t do as well as expected in June this year. Salinas, chairman of Grupo Salinas, was not happy.
In response to his big plans, Mexico’s central bank said that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are not legal tender and can’t be used in the country’s money system. In September, Alejandro Daz de León, the governor of the Bank of Mexico, said that BTC was not a reliable form of legal tender because of its volatile prices.
It’s not likely to stop Salinas. Orange-peeling Mexico’s 128 million people since the summer, he told Cointelegraph in January this year that he thought BTC was not going to be taken away from people who own it.
During the interview, he also said that he first bought BTC at $500 through Grayscale in 2013. He said that by 2018, it had been one of his “best investments ever.” He has also tweeted about the benefits of Bitcoin remittances, which could be a $40 billion market for Mexicans who send money to the United States from their country.