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20th Jan 2022

Man becomes millionaire after taking selfie every day for five years

Kieran Galpin


Who wants to take some selfies?

A student from Indonesia has allegedly become a millionaire after taking selfies for five years and then turning them into non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Sultan Gustaf Al Ghozali, 22, took a selfie every single day for five years. Each photo is very similar and shows him staring into the camera with zero emotion. Initially, Ghozali had intended to create a time-lapse video using the images that he would share on graduation day, hoping to show the transformation over a five year period.

But the student has come a long way since and now people shell out thousands for his content. Initially, Ghozali priced the images at 0.00001 ETH ($3) but now they are going for more than $12,000 a pop.

Detailing his journey on Twitter on January 10, he wrote: “Uploading my photo into NFT lol.”

The following day he tweeted again: “Can’t believe people actually bought my photo NFT, 35 already sold in one day.”

By the end of that day, the very lucky student had sold 200 of his selfies as NFTs.

“I was thinking it might be funny if one of the collectors collected my face,” he told AFP. “I never thought anybody would want to buy the selfies, which is why I only priced them at $3.”

However a celebrity chef buying an image suddenly blew up the business. Now, on NFT marketplace OpenSea, his photos are being sold for 4ETH- which is around $12,508.

The entire collection, which is titled Ghozali Everyday, is now worth a mind-blowing 374 ETH – or $1.2m.

“To be honest I still haven’t got the courage to tell my parents, they would be wondering where I got the money from,” he said.

Rather than squander his hard-ish earnings, Ghozali intends to set up his own animation studio.

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