12 year old British boy makes $560,000

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A 12-year-old boy from the United Kingdom has made about $560,000 after creating digital pictures of whales.

Benyamin Ahmed’s collection of pixelated artworks called Weird Whales went viral during the school holidays.

Altogether there are 3,350 whale images in the style of a common whale meme seen in the video game Minecraft on a pixel art website.

The young coder promoted himself by sharing a thread on Twitter, creating a LinkedIn page and a YouTube channel. He then sold the art as non-fungible tokens (NFTs)

Benyamin’s father is a software developer and has helped his son through the process. He said the artwork as similar to “digital Pokémon cards” and said they had been a big success because collectors realised their historical significance.

What is a NFT?

NFTs allow artwork to be tokenised into a digital certificate of ownership. They can be bought and sold.

“I chose whales because in cryptocurrency a whale is someone with 1,000 bitcoin,” said Ben. “I could then say that everyone who owns a whale, is a whale. I could craft that catchline.

“People connected with my story because I was so young,” he added. “Many people saw my story and connected and then it kind of just went everywhere.”

The young coder promoted himself by sharing a thread on Twitter, creating a LinkedIn page and a YouTube channel.

He and his brother, Yousef, have been coding since the ages of five and six after being inspired by their father, who works in traditional finance.

Benyamin is storing his earnings in Ethereum, a cryptocurrency that was also used to sell the whale artwork.

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carter
carter
1 month ago

Well done ben,so much money!

Lina fox-cat, I am fox
Lina fox-cat, I am fox
1 month ago

And now I will steal his money when he come to nz

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hhhhhhiiiiiii
1 month ago

Thats a lot of money

Bria
Bria
1 month ago

I do not even know if I would be able to make that much money!!

J O H N
J O H N
1 month ago

Wow, what a great use of time during lockdown. I may start doing this to earn that 500,000. And Congrats Ben!

Phia
Phia
1 month ago

that’s amazing, money, money, money.

Louise
Louise
1 month ago

Wow!

Mega Charzarid
Mega Charzarid
1 month ago

wow

Emma
Emma
1 month ago

$560,000 bucks? good job!

bella
bella
1 month ago

That is really amazing.

hakbs
hakbs
1 month ago

Gimme your money ben!

Last edited 1 month ago by hakbs
Horse Girl
Horse Girl
1 month ago

Good job I wish I had that much money
Just WOW Ben that is alot of money!!

Rhys
Rhys
1 month ago

$560,000 is a lot what will he do with it

kaleb
kaleb
1 month ago

please i can make that money …

I cant make that much

dylan
dylan
1 month ago

thats a lot of money well done

Stella
Stella
1 month ago

Wow Thats cool!!!

Mason
Mason
1 month ago

Wow

Ava
Ava
1 month ago

Wow that’s a lot of money for the age of 12

all good names takennn
all good names takennn
1 month ago

this prooves kids can achive as much as adults can! WELL DONE! 🙂 🙂

Jennifer
Jennifer
1 month ago

So much money!

Monique
Monique
1 month ago

plz can you like this comment. i hope that i get 300 or more likes. coz then i will fell special.

Some Random Guy U Won't Know
Some Random Guy U Won't Know
1 month ago

Me Like Apples!!!

soham
soham
8 days ago

well done, you are lucky

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