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Man who forgot Bitcoin password accepts fate

A San Francisco man who can't remember the password to access his Bitcoin fortune says he has made peace with himself over the money he could lose. File Photo by Carlos Amarillo/Shutterstock
A San Francisco man who can't remember the password to access his Bitcoin fortune says he has made peace with himself over the money he could lose. File Photo by Carlos Amarillo/Shutterstock

Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Stefan Thomas, of San Francisco, says he has made peace with forgetting his Bitcoin password that would turn him into a multimillionaire.

Thomas, who recently was featured in The New York Times, has about $220 million worth of Bitcoin locked away on a hard drive that will erase its data after 10 password attempts.

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Thomas has tried to put in the correct password eight times with no luck. The German-born programmer lost the piece of paper containing the password.

"You sort of question your own self-worth. What kind of person loses something this important?" Thomas said during a recent interview with ABC7 News before detailing how he has come to terms with what happened.

"It was actually a really big milestone in my life where, like, I sort of realized how I was going to define my self-worth going forward. It wasn't going to be about how much money I have in my bank account," he said.

Thomas said he told his story to help prevent others from forgetting their passwords.

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