Ashton Kutcher Teams Up With Ripple And Donates $4 million To Wildlife Fund
Ashton Kutcher, famous American actor now turned venture capitalist, teamed up with San Francisco-based cryptocurrency firm Ripple to surprise talk show host Ellen DeGeneres with a late birthday present: a $4 million donation to the Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund, paid out in XRP.
Kutcher, VC firm Sound Ventures co-founder, made the donation in Ripple’s name during Wednesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, revealing that he planned the donation previously during a recent investor meeting.
“So, we were meeting with these folks and [Ripple co-founder Chris Larsen and CEO Brad Garlinghouse] were talking to us about the ethics of this company and this platform and how they actually really care about being an ethical company and giving a portion of this platform away to people that are doing good in the world.”
He then added that:
“We [told Ripple], there’s this amazing human being and all they ever do is think about other people they can give to. Whether it’s in New Orleans, whether it’s in Montecito, whether it’s the people that come here, the people out there, you’re always thinking about everyone else and we wanted to show you that people are thinking about you.”
Kutcher performed the transaction live during the show using an XRP payment app, emphasizing the on the cryptocurrency’s ability to easily perform near-instant cross-border transactions.
“Now, usually people come out with a big giant check and do the ‘big giant check thing’, but we can transfer it into Rwandan Francs right now right here, and all you need to do is push this button.”
It is not the first time Ripple has donated money to charitable causes. Recently, the cryptocurrency firm donated $29 million in XRP to fund 35,000 classrooms throughout the country.