PayPal will not acquire crypto custodian BitGo, exploring other acquisitions: Report

PayPal's rumored acquisition talks with crypto custodian BitGo have fallen through, Fortune reported Thursday, citing "multiple sources."

In October, there were reports that BitGo could get acquired by PayPal, among other crypto companies. The payments giant is now reportedly exploring other potential buys.

Meanwhile, BitGo has been "in talks with everyone" over the years, and the company won't accept a "small exit," CEO Mike Belshe told Fortune.


Keep up with the latest news, trends, charts and views on crypto and DeFi with a new biweekly newsletter from The Block's Frank Chaparro

By signing-up you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy
By signing-up you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

Founded in 2013, the custodian isn't profitable yet. It is in "growth mode" and has a "very healthy balance sheet," said Belshe. He added that the company has no plans to raise more funds in the near future. BitGo has raised a total of $69.5 million in external funding to date, according to Crunchbase.

The company currently holds more than $16 billion worth of crypto assets for clients, and is adding new customers every week, said Belshe.

Meanwhile, PayPal is currently closely working with crypto services firm Paxos. Paxos's brokerage service powers PayPal's crypto trading feature. Users can buy bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies via PayPal digital wallet, powered by Paxos.

About Author

Yogita Khatri is a senior reporter at The Block, covering all things crypto. As one of the earliest team members, Yogita has played a pivotal role in breaking numerous stories, exclusives and scoops. With nearly 3,000 articles under her belt, Yogita holds the records as The Block's most-published and most-read author of all time. Prior to joining The Block, Yogita worked at crypto publication CoinDesk and The Economic Times, where she wrote on personal finance. To contact her, email: [email protected]. For her latest work, follow her on X @Yogita_Khatri5.