Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs was an early investor in Telegram's $1.7 billion ICO, a source familiar with the project told BLOCKTV.
Powell (56) reportedly took part in the first pre-sale funding round for which the minimum buy in was $5 million.
Powell, an American businesswoman, executive and philanthropist inherited an estimated $20 billion after the tech visionary passed away in 2011 from complications brought about by pancreatic cancer.
Powell is the latest in a growing list of people identified with the contested token sale. On Thursday, Coindesk reported that soccer Tycoon Roman Abramovich as well as former Russian Minister of Open Government Affairs Mikhail Abyzov, took part in the second round of token sales, investing $10 million and $20 million respectively.
The owner of the London-based Chelsea Football club and the ex-politician were among dozens of names of individuals and funds that were included in a list compiled by University of Oregon professor Stephen McKeon, reportedly hired by Telegram to write an analysis of the Telegram Open Network (TON) blockchain project. Several of the names on the globe-spanning list of second round investors were redacted for privacy.
According to the US Securities and Exchange Comission (SEC), the investors in Gram included 171 individuals and organizations worldwide that purchased 2.9 million tokens. One million of those tokens were bought by 39 US purchasers. But Telegram never registered the sale, and as a result, the SEC says, broke the law.
The live version of the TON network was originally scheduled to launch in October 2019, but the SEC issued an emergency action to prevent the dispersal of the tokens to secondary buyers. Last month the sides met in the New York Southern District Court, after which the judge decided, with the agreements of Telegram's lawyers to extend the sale prohibitoin, but issue a ruling before April 30 – a deadline for the TON mainnet launch that its investors had agreed upon.