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Dogecoin makes Irish banker a millionaire

Digital currency value sores 1000 percent in a few weeks

Aziz McMahon, a senior banker at Goldman Sachs has reportedly called it a day at his job after cashing in millions from his investment in Dogecoin, the joke crypto asset which has risen by more than 1,000 per cent in value this year.

Aziz McmahonThe Guardian quoted City sources claiming that McMahon, a managing director and head of emerging market sales at Goldman Sachs in London, resigned from the bank last week after making massive profits from investing in the digital currency based on the Doge internet meme.

So far, the banker has left ‘silently’ and did not give any comments to the press.

The cryptocurrency rose above $0.72 (€0.59) against the dollar last week in anticipation of Tesla’s boss Elon Musk’s appearance on the popular US TV show Saturday Night Live.

It has dipped by more than 30 per cent this week to about $0.50, according to Coindesk. However, it is still up by more than 1,000 per cent from the start of 2021.

Supported by famous supporters including Tesla founder, Elon Musk, rapper Snoop Dogg and Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, the digital asset similar to bitcoin has soared in value over recent months.

McMahon, in his 40s, worked for Goldman Sachs for 14 years.

Created in 2013 by two software engineers from IBM and Adobe, the Dogecoin digital currency started as a joke imitating bitcoin. It has however rocketed in value amid a wave of speculative investment in crypto assets, fuelled by a buzz online and an aim to perpetuate the joke by pumping up its value.

The latest news comes amid growing interest in digital currencies from investment banks and large money managers.

Goldman Sachs opened a bitcoin trading desk last week, reversing a 2018 decision to stay out of the market.

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