Memecoin trader briefly becomes millionaire off throwaway Elon Musk X gag

One lucky trader has seemingly turned $10,000 into just over $1 million in less than ten days after purchasing a memecoin “TROLL,” just moments after Elon Musk changed his bio on X to “Chief Troll Officer.”

Etherscan data cited by blockchain data provider LookOnChain shows the trader converted a total of 4.3 Ether (ETH) — worth approximately $10,000 at the time — into 19 trillion TROLL tokens.

In just 10 days, this trader turned $300 into $1.03M!

How did he do it?

After noticing that @elonmusk had changed his Twitter profile to “(CTO) Chief Troll Officer”, this trader immediately withdrew 4.313 $ETH($10,113) from #Binance and spent 4.3 $ETH to buy 19.37T $TROLL.… pic.twitter.com/NWO7j4pyq4

— Lookonchain (@lookonchain) January 17, 2024

On the same day, the trader sold 9 trillion worth of TROLL to cover their buy-in, holding the remaining 10 trillion tokens — which, at one point, was worth $1.34 million.

The price has fallen since then, but the TROLL stack is still worth a staggering $864,000 at current prices, equating to an 8,540% gain from his initial capital.

The trader’s holdings are worth $864,000 at current prices. Source: DeBank

It’s worth noting that TROLL was initially launched in April last year and — like all memecoins — experienced a brief price surge before retracing to near its launch price. That all changed on Jan. 9 when Musk changed his X (Twitter) bio and sent the token surging over 150,000% in three days.

Troll launched to little fanfare in April last year. Source: DexScreener

In 2021, a single well-timed Musk tweet had the power to send his then-favorite memecoin, Dogecoin (DOGE), skyrocketing.

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It happened again when a non-affiliated memecoin drawing its namesake from Musk’s AI project, dubbed “Grok,” suddenly became one of the largest memecoins in space.

At its peak price of $0.027 on Nov. 13, GROK commanded a market capitalization of nearly $200 million, making it one of the largest new memecoins in the current cycle.

Those who came late to the GROK hype were burned, though, after an X post from blockchain sleuth ZachXBT revealed that various social media accounts and websites tied to Grok were repurposed from old projects.

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Memecoin trader briefly becomes millionaire off throwaway Elon Musk X gag


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