The FBI of the United States has become the owner of the largest Bitcoin wallet in the world. After the Untouchables shut down the Silk Road (Internet drug marketplace), the agency started seizing electronic currency which belonged to the Dread Pirate Roberts. The Federal Bureau Investigation revealed that Roberts, the person who ran Silk Road, was a US citizen named Ross Ulbricht.
In the meantime, Silk Road continues its operations and someone on that black market claims to be the real Dread Pirate Roberts. The problem is that the site is deprived of its wallet and that seizure made the FBI the holder of the world’s biggest amount of Bitcoins.
Media reports confirm that the FBI control over 144,000 Bitcoins which reside at a Bitcoin address consolidating much of the seized Silk Road virtual money. At current rates it is equal to $100 million. One more address with Silk Road funds that was seized earlier by the bureau holds about 30,000 Bitcoins ($20 million).
Although the Untouchables won’t beat the record of Bitcoin’s inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, who is believed to have mined 1 million Bitcoins in their early days, the FBI still own a percent of all 12 million Bitcoins in circulation at the moment.