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Jed McCaleb

Jed McCaleb

Jed McCaleb is a prominent figure in the world of cryptocurrencies and finance, renowned for his significant contributions to the development of blockchain technology and digital currencies. His journey from being a software developer to becoming a prominent entrepreneur has been characterized by innovation and perseverance, establishing him as a significant influencer in the industry.

Personal Stats 

Age: 48
Source of wealth: Product development 
Residence: USA
Citizenship: USA
Marital status: Unknown 
Education: University of California

Jed McCaleb Biography

Jed McCaleb was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and developed an early interest in technology and computer programming. His passion for coding led him to pursue a career in the tech industry, and now he is one of the most influential figures in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. He has played a key role in the creation of two major cryptocurrencies and one exchange.

Jed McCaleb Career

In 2000, McCaleb established MetaMachine Inc. and launched his eDonkey2000 software. The following year, Sam Yagan joined the company as CEO. Meanwhile, McCaleb assumed the CTO role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and continued the development of the peer-to-peer eDonkey network, Overnet network, and eDonkey2000 application.

At its peak, the network had over 4 million active users at any given time. In September 2006, the company resolved its legal dispute with the RIAA by agreeing to cease distribution of eDonkey, eDonkey2000, Overnet, and other related software versions. The company and its top executives committed to this action and paid the RIAA £30 million to avoid potential copyright infringement lawsuits.

In 2007, McCaleb purchased the domain Mtgox.com for his website, where he sold in-game items from Magic: The Gathering. However, due to the popularity of Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency exchange was created on Mtgox.com a couple of months later. In November 2011, McCaleb decided to sell the exchange despite its immense popularity and significant bitcoin trading volume. Almost every participant in the crypto market is familiar with the fate of MtGox.

In 2011, McCaleb joined Ripple Labs and became one of the chairmen of the company. A few months later, he offered Chris Larens the position of CEO. But in 2013, McCaleb and Ripple's paths diverged due to significant disagreements regarding the company's development and the decentralization of the XRP cryptocurrency.

In 2014, Jed McCaleb and Joyce Kim co-founded the Stellar Foundation, a non-profit organization responsible for the development of the XLM cryptocurrency. At the time of publication, XLM is the 11th largest cryptocurrency with a market capitalization of $1.47 billion.
McCaleb's involvement in any cryptocurrency project almost instantly attracts the interest of market participants and makes the project popular without the need for any PR campaigns.

Moreover, McCaleb constantly speaks negatively about different cryptocurrencies. He claims that 90% of all currently existing cryptocurrencies are rubbish, including TRON. Jed is a supporter of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Stellar. However, in his opinion, many financial organizations will never use Bitcoin due to the low bandwidth of its network.

Jed McCaleb Education

McCaleb attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied computer programming refined honed his skills in software development. His academic background has equipped him with the knowledge and expertise required to pursue his entrepreneurial ventures in the tech industry.

Jed McCaleb Personal Life

While McCaleb is known for his professional achievements, he also values privacy and maintains a low profile in the public eye. His focus on work and dedication to projects have been central to his success in the industry.

Jed McCaleb Net worth

Jed McCaleb is estimated to have a net worth of $2.7 billion as of 20th November 2023, according to Forbes His estimated post-tax income from sales of XRP exceeds $2 billion, and he also possesses an estimated 1 billion Lumens, Stellar's native currency. According to unofficial data he can sell his XRP’s only gradually in installments under an agreement with Ripple.

Jed McCaleb Social Media

As for McCaleb's X (ex. Twitter), he has almost 30,000 followers and each post receives about 100-200 likes. Most of the time, Twitter posts news related to products development. Same is also relevant for his LinkedIn.
 

 


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