In a tweet from December 2018, the Ballet crypto wallet CEO and founder said that the next Bitcoin (BTC) rally would start in late 2020, take off in early 2021, and follow with a peak in December. The recent bull run which started last year has seen the price of the crypto asset pass its previous all-time high price of $20,000 in December and $30,000 the following month.
"Back [in 2018], Bitcoin was under $10,000 — no one was talking about it," Lee told Cointelegraph. "People who weren’t drinking the Kool-Aid were thinking I was crazy to even make a prediction two years out that’s so specific."
Lee did tone down his 2018 prediction of a $333,000 BTC peak by December, but still said the Bitcoin price was likely to leave the current one, roughly $52,000, in the dust:
"I think it’ll go up at least another 4-5 times, so it’ll hit $200,000-$250,000 this year.”
He said that the most recent price movement was likely due to the news of institutional investors like Tesla getting into crypto, and many in the ecosystem believing the SEC will now be more open to approving a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund. Lee said now that someone "as respected as Elon Musk" had moved part of his company’s balance sheet into virtual currency, "every board member of every publicly listed company and even board members of private companies" may have to consider the same investment.
He also felt it was possible Musk’s other venture, the privately held company SpaceX, could follow. The aerospace firm’s chief financial officer Bret Johnsen reportedly attended MicroStrategy's recent web conference on corporate Bitcoin strategy.
Among Lee’s other long-term predictions for the crypto asset include the price reaching parity with Tesla’s CyberTruck vehicle — priced at $39,900 — in June, and the Bitcoin price crashing in 2022 before bottoming out at roughly $41,000 in Jan. 2023. The Ballet CEO even thinks the BTC market capitalization will flippen gold by 2028, at which time the price may reach more than $500,000.
"When [Bitcoin] does peak, it’ll crash, and then the crash will be devastating," said Lee. "To a lot of people, it’ll be a huge surprise." He added that the crypto asset would "track itself back up" over time.
Now based in Shanghai, Lee is the current CEO of crypto wallet company Ballet and the author of his forthcoming book, The Promise of Bitcoin. He is one of the board members for the Bitcoin Foundation, and the former CEO of China’s first cryptocurrency exchange, BTCC, founded in 2011.