Bitcoin and cryptocurrency has had a mixed year—fears over a regulatory crackdown have risen, though the bitcoin price has doubled over the last 12 months.
The bitcoin price, which started the year at around $3,500 per bitcoin, soared to well over $10,000 this summer before crashing back to trade around $7,000 amid fears Facebook's planned cryptocurrency project could cause central banks and regulators to take action against crypto.
Now, with bitcoin traders and investors looking hopefully towards 2020, one former crypto skeptic-turned bitcoin believer has predicted the bitcoin price could hit $100,000 per bitcoin over the next two years before climbing as high as $500,000 by 2030.The bitcoin price has had a tumultuous few months, with bitcoin at times swinging by up to $1,000 in ... [+] just one 24-hour trading period. Getty Images
"Between now and 2021, we're likely to see $100,000 bitcoin," Mark Yusko, the chief executive and chief investment officer at Morgan Creek Capital Management, told business news outlet Business Insider.
"By 2025, we're likely to see $250,000 bitcoin, and then some time out, 2030, we could see $400,000 or $500,000 bitcoin as it reaches gold equivalence."
Yusko, who admitted he was previously skeptical of bitcoin and the underlying blockchain technology that it's built on, pointed to the infancy of the technology as the reason behind his "hyperbullish" prediction.
"It really is about the growth mindset and focusing on the venture capital upside or the asymmetric upside of the asset at this point."
The growth of the bitcoin network, which has expanded rapidly since bitcoin was created a little over 10 years ago, will help combat wealth inequality, according to Yusko, who oversees some $1.5 billion worth of assets at his U.S.-based hedge fund.
"The government and the elites want to have all the wealth, so they manufacture inflation and the wealth flows to top. And that's why we ...