Bitcoin is a crypto currency. Today there are over 4,000 crypto currencies such as Ether, Litecoin, etc., but Bitcoin is the largest by far. At today’s prices, the total value of all Bitcoin is about $1 TRILLION. For comparison, all the gold ever mined in the world is worth $10 Trillion. Gold has been around for thousands of years, Bitcoin for only 12 years.
Since inception, on a percentage basis, Bitcoin is the fastest growing asset value of all time, easily out pacing Apple, Amazon, gold, real estate, etc.
There are now a growing number of publicly traded companies that own Bitcoin, ( https://bitcointreasuries.org/ ). These include some companies with some eccentric CEO’s, (thinking of you Elon Musk at Tesla, and Jack Dorsey at Square).
On February 10, 2021, Mastercard brought crypto onto its network. On March 29, 2021 Visa announced they will allow payment settlements using crypto. On March 30, 2021, PayPal announced they will allow US customers to pay with Crypto. Re-read those last three dates and company names. Interesting eh?