ICO Telegram messenger before you officially already set an absolute record in size of collected investment. The founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov reported to the Commission on securities and stock exchanges of the USA (SEC) about raising $850 million from 81 investors.
According to reports, placement of securities conducted by two companies registered in the British virgin Islands – Telegram and the TON Group Inc Issuer Inc, run by brothers Pavel and Nikolai Durov. The investments began January 29 and ended February 13, while is the sum of applications exceeded the planned amount by more than 6 times: instead of $600 million, the investors wished to invest in TON — a project of the messenger and the payment network on the blockchain — $3.8 billion. In the end, approved the application for $850 million.
ICO Telegram is not ordinary sale of tokens: it is much more classic and approved by the USA regulator the placement of securities in dollars and euros. Report to the SEC represents the information on the placement of securities on form D, which is often used in small companies to receive venture funding and frees the company-Issuer of securities from filing a full set of documents and financial statements.
The largest Russian investors
Official information from the Telegram about the investors and their invested amounts not published. However, according to anonymous sources, the project involved several major Russian businessmen.
On 16 February, the co-founder of Qiwi Sergey Solonin said that he had invested in Telegram $17 million, and co-founder of «Wimm-bill-Dann» David Yakobashvili told «Vedomosti» on investments of $10 million.
Another Russian investor is Roman Abramovich, however, the exact amount of his investment is unknown. It puts the figure at $300 million, which sounded familiar Abramovich, but other sources do not confirm it. So, there is information about what the maximum amount from one investor does not exceed $20 million.
Pavel Durov refuses to comment on specific individuals and the size of their investment.