The Bored Ape Yacht Club has taken over. Once a small endeavor started by four friends in April 2021, to date, BAYC has achieved hundreds of millions of dollars in sales volume, in turn helping bring non-fungibles into the mainstream and becoming one of the most popular brands in NFTs.
While the BAYC floor continues to rise, becoming more and more unattainable for most consumers, celebrities are joining the club in droves. So to celebrate the incredible success that BAYC continues to see — especially after its Aped NYC event in November 2021 — we’ve compiled a list of some of the most prominent stars who have aped into the Bored Ape Yacht Club.
Jimmy Fallon: Bored Ape #599
The late-night TV host’s announcement of his entrance into the Bored Ape Yacht Club on Nov. 12 garnered a lot of press. It’s yet another major event in the continuous streak of recent NFT news — including Facebook’s name change and Beeple’s nearly $29 million auction — so Fallon’s Ape buy has undoubtedly brought more consumer interest to the NFT space.
Post Malone: Bored Ape #961 and #9039
Only a few days after The Tonight Show host aped in, Post Malone turned around and snagged not one, but two Bored Apes for himself in a move apparently co-orchestrated by crypto payment company MoonPay. The superstar artist even featured one of his Apes in the official music video for his and The Weeknd’s “One Right Now.”
Stephen Curry: Bored Ape #7990
Steph Curry stands out as one of the most influential sports icons to have entered the NFT space when the NBA superstar joined the Bored Ape Yacht Club in August 2021. Although he wasn’t the first sports star to snag an Ape, the NFT community felt a wave of excitement from his purchase.
Logan Paul: Bored Apes #207 and #1442
Among the stream of influencers who have become involved in NFTs, larger-than-life YouTuber Logan Paul finally gave in after months of abstaining from joining the BAYC. Regardless of whether it was mainstream interest or rising floor prices that inspired the buy, a slew of fellow BAYC owners flooded his comments to congratulate him on apeing in.
Marshmello: Bored Ape #4808
Witnessing the NFT successes of electronic music icons RAC and 3LAU has surely inspired numerous producers/DJs to take an interest in NFTs. And as Marshmello had become a prominent name in the non-fungible space circa May 2021, it was only a matter of time until he snagged himself an Ape.
Shaquille O’Neal: Mutant Ape #14452
At this point in his career, Shaq basically has the freedom to do almost anything he wants, including appearing in commercials for countless brands and DJing some of the world’s largest music festivals. So it wasn’t a huge shock when the multifaceted businessman became involved in NFTs. While he joined the Mutant Ape Yacht Club rather than the Bored Ape, he definitely still deserves a place on this list for his involvement in the NFT community.
Shawn Yue: Mutant Ape #3242, #12802, #12803, and more
Actor, singer and former model Shawn Yue has continuously slipped under the radar as one of the most famous Bored Ape Yacht Club members. With an expansive NFT collection including Apes and CryptoPunks, it’s no surprise that the Hong Kong talent has been boasting an Ape since June 2021.
Steve Aoki: Bored Ape #3719, #5823, #8716 and more
From collecting NFTs to minting his own since early 2021, Steve Aoki has been an avid part of the NFT community for some time. As the top-tier DJ has diamond-handed four Bored Apes for the majority of the year, he recently added yet another to his collection, just as the project reached a 50 ETH floor.
Mark Cuban: Bored Ape #1597
Billionaire investor and entrepreneur Mark Cuban is no stranger to the NFT space. Although he isn’t that active on social media, when the longtime Bored Ape and CryptoPunk owner does grace his followers with new content, he almost always tweets about either basketball or NFTs.
Mike Shinoda: Bored Ape #2299
A true man of the times, Mike Shinoda — who learned about NFTs long before the 2021 bull market — of course owns a Bored Ape. As the Linkin Park co-founder has continued to find new recognition as a streamer, content creator and digital artist, he, too, has solidified his place in the NFT space as a creator, collector and proponent of web3 culture.
LaMelo Ball: Bored Ape #598 and #7226
Months before Steph Curry was making headlines for his BAYC purchase, LaMelo Ball had already joined the Club. Not only did the 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year make waves with the move, but he immediately entered the Bored Apes Discord to fan the flames of the already hyped Club crew.
The Chainsmokers: Bored Ape #7691
The Chainsmokers may be taking a break from social media, but that didn’t stop them from changing their PFP to an Ape! Having quietly become a part of the Club in September 2021, the superstar duo joined Mike Shinoda, Mark Cuban and Spottie Wifi with the purchase of a coveted cheetah trait Ape.
Gary Vaynerchuk: Bored Ape #1452, #7912 and #8106
De facto NFT guru Gary Vee seems to have been early to many projects, and BAYC is no exception. While it’s uncertain just how many Bored Apes he currently has, the influential investor has undoubtedly made a pretty penny simply from being around for the initial BAYC mint.
FaZe Banks: Bored Ape #1158, #7534, #8937 and #9134
FaZe Banks appears to have been a part of the Club for some time. Although opinions about the influential YouTuber may vary throughout the NFT space, his acts of philanthropy have continued to earn him respect within the BAYC and the greater NFT community.
Timbaland: Bored Ape #590
Timbaland may not have had his Bored Ape for long (since September 2021), but he’s already doing a lot in the community. With his BAYC-exclusive Ape-In Productions recently releasing its first NFT, the legendary producer is fully on the Bored Ape bandwagon.
Dez Bryant: Bored Ape #2902
Dez Bryant is one of the only NFL stars to have joined the Bored Ape Yacht Club. The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver was early to BAYC, purchasing his Ape back in July, before many other celebrities had even expressed interest in the project.
Lil Baby: Bored Ape #129
Lil Baby is not only one of the biggest rappers alive, but also a devout member of the BAYC. The Atlanta-based MC is one of the many celebrities to obtain their Ape via MoonPay, and has continued to rep the community, even performing at the Bored Ape warehouse party during NFT.NYC.
KSI: Mutant Ape #8827
Bored Apes seem to be very popular with both musicians and YouTubers, and KSI is both. Interestingly enough, the British rapper collected his first NFT and joined the Bored Ape Yacht Club all in one go.
Rich the Kid: Bored Ape #9719
While Rich the Kid joined the Club recently, the celeb has added his name to the long list of rappers taking an interest in NFTs. It remains to be seen how active a part he’ll take in the BAYC community, but through changing his PFP, he’s already given Bored Apes a wealth of new exposure.
Bassjackers: Bored Ape #1145 and #9184
Bassjackers may have been the first major act to fully embrace and promote (via their music) the Bored Ape Yacht Club, with their track “Bored Ape Rave Club” providing an unofficial anthem to the project early on. The Dutch DJ duo remains an active part of the community.
Future: Bored Ape #4672
Future became the latest rapper to ape into the BAYC over Thanksgiving weekend, with the artist making the announcement to his 7 million followers with a simple tweet on Nov. 28 revealing his new profile photo. According to OpenSea, #4672 was purchased for 48.88 ETH (approximately $222,000 at press time) with the help of MoonPay.
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