Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin sends 15M USDC to Gemini


Blockchain sleuths have zeroed in on a recent transaction from a wallet associated with Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, where he transferred $14.9 million worth of USD Coin (USDC) to the cryptocurrency exchange Gemini.

According to an Oct. 17 post from blockchain analytics firm PeckShield on X, Buterin’s wallet “Vitalik.eth” transferred $14.93 million to Gemini on Oct. 16.

The transaction was independently verified by Cointelegraph on Etherscan.

Vitalik received the original sum of 14.93 million USDC from Kanro, a charity affiliated with Vitalik on Oct. 14.

Separate analysis from crypto data provider Lookonchain found that Buterin had also recently transferred nearly $500,000 to Coinbase three days prior.

The price of Ethereum’s native currency Ether (ETH) held steady following news of the transfer, falling just 0.68% in the past four hours, according to price data from Coingecko.

The price of Ether (ETH) held flat following the news of the transfer. Source: CoinGecko

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Buterin’s most recent transaction is the latest in a spate of ETH deposits to centralized exchanges over the past few months, with the total transfers from Buterin’s wallets totalling more than $3.9 million in September.

On Sept. 24, Buterin transferred 400 ETH — worth $600,000 at the time — to Coinbase. Cointelegraph previously reported a 600 ETH ($1 million) transaction from the vitalik.eth address on Aug. 21, which was also identified by on-chain monitoring platforms.

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