According to reports from the large crypto transactions’ tracker Whale Alert, it is still business as usual for Ripple, the San Francisco based cross-border payment firm, despite a pending U.S. SEC’s lawsuit.
On 1st January 2021, Whale Alert reported via its official Twitter handle that Ripple has unlocked its regular XRP lump. However, it’s a bit less than usual this time. According to the report, the payment firm unlocked 900 million XRP instead of the usual 1 billion.
The report also added that Ripple wired a whopping 477 million XRP to its co-founder Jed McCaleb. But the transaction was not from escrow. So, the transfers of XRP transacted by Ripple on the first day of January 2021 stand around 1.3 billion.
Ripple Unlocks 900 Million XRP from the Escrow
Blockchain payment firm, Ripple unlocked about 1 billion XRP from escrow based on its custom on a monthly basis. Although most of the XRP unlocked will still be locked back in escrow within the same range of hours.
The total funds unlocked today is 900 million XRP worth $193.05 million at the time of filing this report.
Jed McCaleb Receives 477M XRP worth $102.3M from Ripple
As aforementioned, Whale Alert also tracked and reported a 477 million XRP currently worth $102 million sent to the former Ripple CTO, Jed McCaleb.
The whopping sum of XRP sent to McCaleb is part of the settlement following his departure from Ripple in 2013 after a certain disagreement with the payment firm. Currently, he’s the CTO of Ripple’s rival platform, Stellar.
Based on the agreement, Ripple has been paying him 8 billion XRP in parts, in order to prevent him from dumping his XRP holdings on the market at once.
According to the data recently shared by Whale Alert, the estimated holdings and profits of Jed McCaleb amount to $1.2 billion.