- Arthur Britto, one of XRP’s leading developers, has long been shrouded in anonymity. No known photographs exist of him, he is rarely discussed publicly, and his departure from Ripple’s management body lacks explanation
- An investigation by The Block has confirmed Britto’s identity, and that he still works with Ripple Labs as an advisor
- His extreme privacy has been attributed to personal reasons.
Perhaps in a world of self-promotion and glory-seeking, it’s hard to understand why a prominent inventor chooses to take extreme measures to remain obscure.
Indeed, crypto chatrooms are awash with questions about why Arthur Britto, the elusive co-developer of $XRP (Ripple) has never been interviewed, photographed, or spoken in public forums. Rumours – or better put, conspiracies – have circulated that he does not exist.
Yet the “mystery of Arthur Britto” has a surprisingly straightforward resolution. At its essence, the answer lies in appreciating that not everyone seeks – or can handle – fame. Despite being an anomaly among his peers, Ripple Labs, the blockchain payment services firm closely linked to $XRP, has respected Britto’s desire to stay out of the limelight.
Here are the facts:
There’s no question that Britto is real. Alan Safahi, a former advisor to Ripple, confirmed he’d met Britto many times and told The Block: “He’s superb, one of the smartest people I’ve ever met…He’s an oracle.”
Ripple’s communications team also confirmed Britto’s true name and identity. It is unclear what his nationality is but sources ruled out that he was British.
His need for privacy is a personal issue
It’s important to tread with due sensitivity when it comes to his motivations for remaining so private. Ripple’s communications team explained being in management can “take its toll”, hinting at potential health challenges.
“Arthur is an introvert and super private,” a spokesperson added. “[He] has no desire to be a public figure due to personal reasons.”
While publicity of this sort ironically draws attention to somebody who shies away from it, there is a duty to establish the facts. And to put the matter to rest.
Update: This article has been amended to clarify the thoughts of Ripple’s communications team.