Thousand-Dollar 'TipsForJesus' Tipper Reportedly A Former PayPal Exec (And Not A Jesus Freak)
One of the biggest mysteries regarding @tipsforjesus, the Instagram account that traveled all over the country handing out thousand-dollar tips to servers in random restaurants, was the identity of the uber-generous tipper. Now, Valleywag claims to have the answer: the mystery tipper is reportedly Jack Selby, a bay area hyper-entrepreneur who made his vast fortune from PayPal.Selby has been mum on the whole issue since today's unveiling, but Valleywag's Sam Biddle claims that an anonymous source tipped him off on @tipsforjesus's true identity. Selby is most widely known as being a part of the "PayPal Mafia," a group of money-savvy techies who cashed out when PayPal went public, making billions in the process. Since leaving the executive VP position at PayPal, Selby has worked on an number of different ventures, including film production and a green dry cleaning service.
The source also claimed that the entire religious angle of the Instagram account is a joke—Selby isn't giving out tips as some sort of monetary mission from God.
For the record, Selby's LinkedIn account states that he went to Hamilton College, not USC. We can also conclude that this Silicon Valley bigwig has been to Jumbo's Clown Room at least once.