What a year for Bitcoin, eh? It's gone from being a relatively obscure, internet-only currency, primarily used on the dark web for dodgy dealings, to becoming one of the most legit investment opportunities out there.

Basically, now it's worth an absolute fuck ton - much to the surprise of pretty much everyone around the globe. And now that it's such hot property, many of us can't help but think what could have been.

According to Coinlist, if you'd invested just $1 (75p) back in 2010 - when you could trade Bitcoin for as little as $0,003 (0.002239p) - you could now have made a very, very massive $5.6 million (£4.2 million).

With all these numbers it's a little hard to put into context, so Coinlist has also worked out what this all means in relation to the wealth of some of the world's most famous celebrities.

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If you'd invested $49 (£37), for instance, you could now have made $275m (£206m) - making you as rich as Lady Gaga. And for a $62 (£47) investment, you'd be as rich as fucking Beyonce with $350 m (£262m).

Mark Zuckerberg's rich, right? Yeah, he's got a not-too-shabby $71 billion (£53 billion) - which you could have had if you'd invested $12,651 (£9,502). For $15,323 (£11,509) you could have made $86bn (£64bn), to put you on par with none other than Bill Gates.

Sure, in 2010 you probably didn't have a few thousand pounds to invest in Bitcoin, but we're betting you had a few spare quid.

Bitcoin's been busy making people filthy rich lately after its huge surge in value - it's even made those Winklevoss twins (you know, the ones that got pissed off at Mark Zuckerberg - the ones that Armie Hammer played in The Social Network) the world's first Bitcoin billionaires.

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One 18-year-old-student, Erik Finman, also suddenly found himself worth a massive $1m ($1.3m) thanks to the Bitcoin business, having invested in the coins that, just seven years ago, were practically not even worth the shit on your shoe.

Crytocurrency expert John McAfee even said he will eat his own dick if Bitcoin doesn't hit $1 million (£750,000) by 2020 - on national TV, no less.

"These 'shoulda, coulda, woulda' pages are not meant to throw what could have been in your face, but simply to generate some interest in finding potentially the next one," Coinlist says.

So take note, and maybe you can be ahead of the curve for the next one.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist at LADbible. Jess graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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