Naomi Osaka, one of the biggest stars in the world of professional tennis, recently talked about her interest in cryptocurrencies, specifically Dogecoin (DOGE). She had also previously launched her own non-fungible token (NFT), thereby joining the growing list of celebrities who have recently become actively involved with the NFT industry.
Osaka interested in DOGE
Osaka had initially expressed her interest in DOGE after she had read about the ‘meme’ crypto on Twitter. Hailing from Japan, Naomi has not been secretive about her desire to diversify her investment portfolio as much as possible, and it looks like the star is going to invest in cryptocurrencies like so many others.
Dogecoin had exploded both in price and popularity this year, due mainly to the influence of SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. No matter how someone may feel about Elon, it is hard to deny the effect he has had on Dogecoin and cryptocurrencies in general, as it was because of him that the crypto industry received additional mainstream attention (though many people have said that this was counterproductive as it could lead to increased regulations).
Naomi announced that she had indeed been discussing the possibility of investing in crypto with her agent recently. She was particularly impressed by the aforementioned Dogecoin’s success and the chances of the altcoin to ‘pop up’. Furthermore, the tennis star had talked about the importance of Twitter and social media in helping the crypto industry’s ecosystem grow, to the point that it was the main reason as to why she started to develop an interest, to begin with.
As abovementioned, Naomi had additionally gotten involved with the rapidly growing NFT industry after she had launched her own collection of non-fungible tokens, which have widely been considered to be both rare and highly sought after. Osaka had launched the collection prior to the beginning of the United States Open tournament.
It was during this past April that Naomi and her sister, Mari, had launched a 6-piece collection containing 1 of 1 non-fungible token. Collectively, these had sold for about $600,000. The highest purchase amount for an NFT in this collection was reportedly just over $200,000.
Naomi is yet another mainstream star who has taken an interest in NFTs, as other stars like Mike Shinoda, Lionel Messi, and social entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban have all launched NFTs in the past. Even companies such as Visa had recently bought NFTs for large amounts of money, as was the case when the payment processing company purchased CryptoPunk 7610 for $150,000.