- Aug 2, 2020
A San Francisco man who lost the password to a thumb drive with $220 million worth of bitcoin inside says he has “made peace” with the loss.
Stefan Thomas has used 8 of the 10 attempts allowed by a secure thumb drive to reach his 7,002 digital tokens — which are now worth nearly $40,000 apiece and have been minting millionaires left and right — and is no closer to reaching his funds.
In an interview with KGO-TV, Thomas said he used to be “desperate” to get into his thumb drive, and that a potential loss of that magnitude makes “you sort of question your own self-worth.”
But over the years, he has “made peace” with the loss, despite bitcoin’s value soaring in recent months.
“It was actually a really big milestone in my life where, like, I sort of realized how I was going to define my self-worth going forward,” he said. “It wasn’t going to be about how much money I have in my bank account.”
Thomas, however, isn’t going to the poorhouse anytime soon. The crypto enthusiast previously said he managed to hold on to enough bitcoin “to give him more riches than he knows what to do with.”
One bitcoin was worth $36,477.21 Friday morning.