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UPDATED: Is Ex-PayPal SVP The Person Leaving Ginormous ‘Tips for Jesus’?

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Dec 11, 2013 
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Mike Daly  |

ADOTAS — A New York waiter claims that Jack Selby, former Senior VP for Corporate & International Development at PayPal, is the person who has been leaving extravagant tips for servers all over the U.S., according to several news outlets.


An Instagram account called “Tips For Jesus” has chronicled the history of the extremely generous gratuities left by an anonymous benefactor. According to the International Business Times (IBT), the owner of the account, which has nearly 50,000 followers, posted its first photo of a restaurant receipt on Sept. 8, showing that the customer had left a $3,000 tip on an $87.98 bill at an eatery in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Instagram’s listed motto is “Doing the Lord’s Work, one tip at a time.” Among the other “Tips for Jesus” was a $7,000 bonus added to a tab of $2,994.61 at another NYC location.

The IBT reports that the latest posted tiip on the Instagram acocunt was for $1,000 on a bill of $411.05 at a restaurant in New York. A server there identified the tipper as Selby (pictured), who made most of his fortune when PayPal was sold to eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion.

Selby’s LinkedIn profile indicates that he currently serves as managing director of both Clarium Capital Management and Grandmaster Capital Management; owner of GreenStreets Cleaners in the San Francisco Bay area; and chairman of Incognito Pictures in the L.A. area.

UPDATE: Silicon Valley news/gossip site and Gawker subsidiary Valleywag first outed Selby as the man behind Tips For Jesus on Dec. 4.





Mike Daly is an award-winning writer and editor with 30 years of experience in publishing. He began his career in 1983 at The News of Paterson, N.J., a long-since defunct daily paper, where at age 22 he was promoted to the position of Editorial Page Editor. Since then he has served in managerial capacities with several news organizations, including Arts Weekly Inc. and North Jersey Media Group in New Jersey and Examiner Media in New York. His work has been honored on numerous occasions by the New Jersey Press Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.

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