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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Buck

Michael Saylor's Journey Through Argentina's Great Depression

In the early 2000s, Argentina faced a severe economic crisis marked by high inflation rates, currency devaluation, and financial instability. This period, known as the Argentine Great Depression, began in the third quarter of 1998 and lasted until the second quarter of 2002. Amidst this challenging environment, Michael Saylor, the CEO of MicroStrategy and a prominent Bitcoin advocate, experienced firsthand the perils of navigating a collapsing economy while running a software company in Argentina.

The Argentine Great Depression was triggered by the Russian and Brazilian financial crises. It led to widespread unemployment (20%), riots, the fall of the government, a default on the country's foreign debt, the rise of alternative currencies, and the end of the peso's fixed exchange rate to the US dollar. The economy shrank by 28 percent from 1998 to 2002. Over 50 percent of Argentines lived below the official poverty line, and 25 percent were indigent, with their basic needs unmet; seven out of ten Argentine children were poor at the depth of the crisis in 2002.


Saylor's company was severely impacted by the crisis. The Argentine government seized his company's assets and forcibly converted his 1 million dollars into pesos, drastically devaluing the company's financial resources. Faced with a dire situation, Saylor needed to find a way to protect his assets in Argentina. Considering his options, Saylor thought about purchasing gold to preserve his wealth. However, Gold would have been challenging to transport out of the country. He realized that in unstable economic situations like Argentina's, Bitcoin could be easily transferred across borders without being subject to government intervention or currency devaluation.

Today, Saylor is an outspoken advocate for Bitcoin, emphasizing its role as a safe haven for those seeking to protect their assets in times of economic turmoil. His experience in Argentina during the Great Depression serves as a cautionary tale for businesses and individuals alike. It underscores the importance of diversifying assets, understanding the potential benefits of Bitcoin, and being prepared for unexpected economic crises. Saylor's story is a testament to the resilience and determination required to navigate challenging economic times and protect one's business and livelihood. Thank you for taking the time to read our blog post. If you found this engaging and would like to dive deeper into our content, please visit our blog. We frequently share insightful articles on topics such as Bitcoin, Bitcoin mining, economics, and the capital markets. To stay in the loop with our latest updates and receive exclusive content, don't hesitate to subscribe to our newsletter. We're excited to welcome you into our growing community and can't wait to see you on the homepage!


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