Millionaire investor and crypto proponent Kevin O’Leary thinks that the NFT sector could be worth more than Bitcoin in the future.
Speaking with CNBC’s Capital Connection on Jan. 5, O’Leary — also known as Mr. Wonderful — argued that NFTs provide a greater potential to attract capital than Bitcoin due to their ability to tokenize and authenticate physical assets such as cars, watches and real estate:
“You’re going to see a lot of movement in terms of doing authentication and insurance policies and real estate transfer taxes all online over the next few years, making NFTs a much bigger, more fluid market potentially than just Bitcoin alone.”
Mr. Wonderful admitted however, that he is not tied to that bet and will still be investing on “both sides of that equation.”
The former crypto skeptic told Cointelegraph in a recent interview that his change in tune towards blockchain and digital assets was due to the growing trend of regulators warming up across the globe over the past couple of years.
Not everyone agrees with comparisons between Bitcoin and NFTs however, with Coingecko digital marketing associate Khai Ren Kuan telling Cointelegraph that it’s “probably not fair to compare Bitcoin, which is a single asset, to NFTs which are an entire sector.”
Kuan did note however, that the NFT adoption curve in 2022 is only going to increase upwards as the sector is still in its early days:
“I think collectively if you look across all NFTs, and the fact that 2021 was year one of market adoption, there’s definitely still a lot of room to grow.”