Ethereum Foundation Holds $1.3B in Ether, $300M in Non-Crypto Investments

Ether held by the non-profit represents about 0.3% of the total ether supply as of March 31, 2022.

Apr 19, 2022 at 11:03 a.m. UTC
Updated Apr 27, 2022 at 7:15 p.m. UTC

Shaurya is an analyst/editor for CoinDesk's markets team in Asia.

The Ethereum Foundation held more than $1.6 billion in treasury assets at the end of March, the non-profit said Monday.

  • Almost $1.29 billion was held in ether (ETH), the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. That represented over 0.297% of the total ether supply as of March 31. Some $11 million was held in other cryptocurrencies.
  • The treasury also included about $300 million in non-crypto investments. The foundation did not return requests for details on the makeup of these assets at writing time.
  • “We also increase our non-crypto savings in response to rising ETH prices,” the foundation said in the report. “(This) provides a greater safety margin for our core budget and would enable us to continue funding non-core but high leverage projects through a market downturn.”
  • The holdings included 39,168 ether already committed to client teams building on Ethereum, according to the report.
  • The foundation funds research and development on Ethereum and related technologies. It spent in excess of $48 million on various teams, funding and bounties last year, the report said.
  • Ethereum developers, agencies, and teams involved in the foundation’s activities pocketed a cumulative $5.1 million in 2021, the report noted.
  • Research and development of layer 1, or base blockchains, saw a majority of last year’s spending at over $21 million, which included research on mainnet upgrade, security, mechanism design and grants to external clients.
  • Ether is trading just over $3,050 at writing time, CoinGecko data show.
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