Bitfinex and Tether Hold 3 Billion USD, USDT Soon Listed On Bigone
The integrity of omni-based USDT has been questioned by the community along with its rising supply.
On a recent post on Chinese social network Weibo, Zhaodong, an early adopter of Bitcoin and a whale, claimed that the USD balance of Bitfinex and Tether was over 3 billion after, Giancarlo, CFO of Tether and Bitfinex, showed them the bank accounts in Tokyo.
Giancarlo explained that the lack of third-party audition of USDT was due to the pressure of US banking industry. Tethers vision is to fight the monopoly of traditional financial system.
Lao Mao, CEO of Big.one, was also invited to personally verify the authenticity of such accounts. Later he expressed that USDT was trustworthy and would be added to the exchange, along with Bitcny. The Chinese community had mixed reaction to the news.
Zhao Dong, an early bitcoin adopter and now a heavyweight celebrity among Chinese bitcoiners, posted a weibo on 21 January backing Tether along with group photos with Giancarlo, CFO of Tether, and Lao Mao, CEO of Bigone. Weibo Translation: Lao Mao (and I) just have a look at the USD account of Tether and Bitfinex in Giancarlos (Boss of BFX,CFO) room, in which Tethers account holds 1.8x billion USD and Bitfinex holds 1.1x billion USD. The total number of the two accounts is around 3 billion USD, which is beyond the current circulated supply of USDT. This debunks all rumors around USDT.
Lao Mao, CEO of Big.one, later released a blog explaining the meeting in detail. Giancarlo
told them about the Tether team and their vision:
1. The team of Bitfinex has around 50 people with the customer service team increased to 20 ppl or so. A decentralized management has been applied to team members across the globe.
2. Tether team does not work for money. As an early bitcoin investor, the team has a sense of responsibility and mission. Tether also believes that the industry should unite to jointly fight the monopoly of the traditional financial forces on resources.
3. US banking industry is blocking Tether by various means. They also look for opportunities for cooperation around the world. In order to ease the stress on their beneficiary banks, Tether may no longer anchor to US dollar anchor in the future but use Euro, Japan Yuan or other fiats instead. South Koreas policey has been unstable so the possibility of anchoring South Koreas won is very small.
4. Most of the bankers they come into contact with are mostly old men, who are totally unable to understand what is happening in the world. In Tethers view, there are only two kinds of banks in the future, one is the dead bank and the other are those who work with blockchain industry.
When asked the relations between Tether and Bitfinex, Giancarlo said: “Bitfinex is holding less than 10% of Tethers share, which have been acquired by various companies. Therefore Tether doesn’t belong to any single platform. Its an independent company.”
He also explained why the third-party audit was missing: Due to the pressure from US banking industry, we are not in a position to fully disclose our bank accounts. Therefore if possible, I hope you can help us deliver the right message to everyone and I will invite you to review our accounts, you will be able to witness our truthfulness and safety.
So far Bitfinex has come with proofs over proofs regarding their reserves and their holdings