Gawker: identity of @TipsforJesus is former PayPal exec Jack Selby

The identity of the anonymous benevolent tipper who has been leaving tips of several thousands of dollars at restaurants and bars across the country has been revealed, according to Gawker’s Silicon Valley news and gossip site.

Jack Selby, a former PayPal vice president and millionaire venture capitalist, is the man who left a $5,000 tip on an $84.05 bill at a South Bend, Ind. sports bar, says Gawker’s Valleywag, which doesn’t name its sources. Selby has not revealed himself at the generous tipster, who signs receipts only as @TipsForJesus.

For weeks, @TipsForJesus has been leaving jaw-dropping tips at establishments all over the nation, at one point leaving $10,000 on a $2,979 bar tab and $1,000 on a $152 bill at Tacolicious at the San Francisco Ferry Building. The tip amounts were so startling that servers at the Legends of Notre Dame sports bar in Indiana were unable to split their $10,000 tip because American Express flagged the charge as possibly fraudulent. Tips often came with a message, such as “Fight on!”

The journeys and wild spending of @TipsForJesus have been chronicled on Instagram, with the handle name @TipsForJesus.

Selby is one of the original PayPal members who cashed out when the company made it big and was bought by eBay. He switched to moviemaking with a film venture called Horsethief Pictures in 2009, and  in 2012 and formed Incognito Pictures to make non-genre specific films. He is also managing director at  Clarium Capital Management LLC, which was founded by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, and owns GreenStreets cleaners in San Francisco.

Photo from Instagram @tipsforjesus

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