The Late Matthew Mellon was one of the early believers and adopters of cryptocurrencies. He invested heavily in Ripple(XRP) by putting down $2 Million to invest in the coin. That investment would be worth around $1 Billion when XRP peaked back in January at around $3.65. His story is one that is worth studying for it proves that following your gut instinct, as well as doing proper due diligence before investing in any cryptocurrency, can yield beneficial results for an individual.
When interviewed back in February by Forbes Magazine, Mr. Mellon had this to say about cryptocurrencies:
“Crypto is scary and dark. It’s anti-America. I am pro-America, pro-business and pro-bank. That’s why I went with Ripple.”
In this statement, Mellon justified his choice of Ripple for it was an American based company he could trust. He had done his research and also determined that the product evident in the Ripple technology, would revolutionize banking from within the financial system. He knew Ripple was a gold mine with a solid product at hand.
When his XRP investment was valued at its peak, Mr. Mellon would discuss how his family had doubts about his idea about investing in Ripple. This is a similar reaction many crypto traders face when trying to explain their choices of investing in the crypto-verse, to family and friends. Matthew Mellon would tell Forbes that:
“It’s $1 billion virtually for free. I actually have earned it because I was the only person who was willing to raise his hand. My family thought I was insane when I knew it was a home run.”
Mr. Mellon would later die unexpectedly in April this year, leaving a vast amount of that XRP, possibly lost in cold storage. He was attending a drug rehabilitation program in Cancun, Mexico when his death occurred. His death has since raised questions about the accessibility of the XRP he owned since he was known to have kept his digital keys in cold storage in other people’s names across the United States.
His story is very unique for it shows how early research, belief in a project and investing, can pay off tremendously. We can also learn about how to keep our security keys safe and also on how to start thinking about how they can be accessed by our loved ones when we pass on.