Ripple Co-Founder Chris Larsen Beats COVID-19, Now Helping Others to Fight It

Siamak Masnavi

On Thursday (April 2), Chris Larsen, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Fintech firm Ripple announced that he had "made a full recovery" from COVID-19. 

Chris Larsen was born in San Francisco, California, and got his bachelor's degree (B.S.) in accounting and business administration in 1984 from San Francisco State University (SFSU). In 2012, he and Jed McCaleb co-founded FinTech startup OpenCoin, which got renamed to Ripple Labs a year later. In February 2018, Forbes named him "the richest person in cryptocurrency".

This was the tweet that Larsen sent out yesterday to give the good news about his recovery:

It is admirable that Larsen is not only donating his blood so that others who are currently fighting this disease have a better chance of surviving, but he is encouraging others to do so also, and given Ripple's sizeable fan base (i.e. XRP HODLers), his recommendation could make a significant difference.

Ripple CTO David Schwartz explained why this was a good idea:

Last April, San Francisco State University’s business school announced that it had received from Larsen, his wife, and non-profit foundation Rippleworks one of the largest crypto donations ever made to a U.S. university.

The university said that Larsen and his wife are "longtime supporters" (in fact, SFSU named him "Alum of the Year" in 2004). It also notes that this donation "will support the “Lam-Larsen Fund for Global Innovation” and two endowed chairs," and that the "focus of these funds is to support students in learning about and becoming changemakers of local and global entrepreneurial and fintech ecosystems."

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