This 33-year-old ‘dogecoin millionaire’ is now being paid in the meme-inspired cryptocurrency—and continues to buy the dips – CNBC

This 33-year-old ‘dogecoin millionaire’ is now being paid in the meme-inspired cryptocurrency—and continues to buy the dips – CNBC

Glauber Contessoto took a big risk on dogecoin, a meme-inspired cryptocurrency that began as a joke, earlier this year.

Between his savings and borrowed funds, Contessoto says that he invested over $250,000 in dogecoin on February 5 when it was priced at about 4.5 cents. About two months later, on April 15, he says he became a dogecoin millionaire on paper.

Since, Contessoto has refused to sell, despite dogecoin’s ups and downs. He plans to buy more of the digital coin and “hodl” for the long haul.

Contessoto believes in dogecoin so much that he now requests to be paid in it whenever he works with crypto brands on social media promotions.

Contessoto will earn a total of $25,000 for an upcoming partnership between his YouTube channel and blockchain project Acria Network, he tells CNBC Make It. When finalizing the deal, the company asked if he’d prefer to be paid in U.S. dollars or crypto.

“Of course, I said dogecoin,” he says. “So, they literally paid me in dogecoin. They gave me half upfront, and the other half when I deliver the video.”

To keep up with his growing “dogecoin millionaire” brand online, Contessoto also quit his day job at a music company in Los Angeles in June. “I had no idea how I was going to make money moving forward,” he says.

He earns a little bit of money from selling merch on his website, but his main focus is developing his
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