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Court Docs Show Ripple Chairman Has Sold $453M+ XRP, Contrary to Claimed Holdings


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A recent disclosure mentioned that Ripple Chairman Larson has not sold his XRP holdings since 2013, but court documents might tell a different story.

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The official Twitter account of 24HrsCrypto, a prominent XRP-focused YouTube channel, recently mentioned that Chris Larson, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Ripple, has not sold any of his XRP holdings since 2013. This was an attempt to dispel claims that Ripple founders have been dumping their XRP holdings.

The 24HrsCrypto host shared a snapshot detailing transactions that involved Larson’s wallet. According to him, Larson currently holds his 2.5 billion XRP, having touched nothing since 2013.

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However, an anonymous XRP community member came up to debunk these claims. The individual shared a court document filed by Michael K. Kellogg, a lawyer representing Ripple in the SEC lawsuit, wherein he shared 106 exhibits in an attempt to support Ripple’s motion for summary judgment.

Notably, the document points to Exhibits 81 and 82, which detail the amount of XRP sold by Chris Larson and Ripple’s CEO Brad Garlinghouse. Both exhibits are hosted on Court Listener, a prominent legal-based research platform.

Exhibit 81 suggests that Larson had sold off over $453.69 million worth of his XRP holdings as of December 2020, when the SEC filed the charges against Ripple. Data from the document shows that Larson sold XRP worth $395.2 million using foreign exchanges such as Binance, Bithumb, and Huobi. The largest volume came from Bithumb.

Ripple Chairman XRP Sales
Ripple Chairmans XRP Sales

In addition, the document reveals that the Ripple co-founder sold $58.47 million worth of XRP on US-based exchanges, including Coinbase, Kraken, and Poloniex, from 2017. Poloniex saw the largest volume, facilitating $43.3 million in XRP sales.

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Meanwhile, Exhibit 82 reveals that Garlinghouse had sold off $164.26 million worth of his XRP holdings as of December 2020. Of this figure, Garlinghouse sold XRP worth $155.81 million on foreign exchanges and $8.44 million on American exchanges. Some investors have emphasized that there is nothing wrong with these sales from Larson and Garlinghouse.

Claims of Ripple Founders’ XRP Selloff

Notably, amid Ripple co-founder and former CTO Jed McCaleb’s selloff campaign, claims that other Ripple co-founders have been selling off their holdings emerged. At the initial stage of Ripple (then OpenCoin), the three founders – McCaleb, Larson, and Arthur Britto – received a share of 20 billion XRP.

McCaleb took to selling off his holdings after leaving Ripple in 2013. The distribution persisted over the years to mitigate risks of a market impact, with McCaleb selling off the last million XRP in his bag last July. As The Crypto Basic reported, Garlinghouse jokingly made reference to the distribution campaign shortly after McCaleb sold everything off.

It bears mentioning that, despite being a co-founder and having received a share of the 20 billion XRP, McCaleb was not targeted by the SEC in the lawsuit against Ripple and its executives. In July 2022, attorney John Deaton noted that the SEC’s decision to leave out McCaleb in the lawsuit suggests that its claims are inconsistent and illegitimate.

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Albert Brown
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Albert Brown is a cryptocurrency investor and journalist who has been in the nascent space since 2017. His love and passion for technological innovations made him delve deeper into the world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. As a journalist, Brown has written on several crypto-related topics that have been referenced by popular industry players like Tyler Winklevoss, Binance CZ, etc.

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