Big Tech Guy Leaves BIG Tip at UWS Restaurant

  Last modified on January 21st, 2022

Jack Selby, the managing director of Thiel Capital and the former vice president of Paypal, dropped a $5,000 tip after a Saturday dinner at The Leopard at des Artistes, located at 1 West 67th Street.

Jack Selby $5,000 tip the leopard at des artistes

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

A post on the Upper West Side restaurant‘s Instagram page states that Selby has been leaving four-figure tips for its servers for years, always with his signature “Tips For Jesus” inscription. Saturday’s bill had an additional “we will never forget” commemoration for 9/11.

The dinner’s total, before tip, was $194.88.


Selby started leaving thousand-dollar-plus tips in 2013. While he never intentionally included his name, he was long-suspected of being the anonymous tipper behind the @tipsforjesus Instagram account, which documents the monetary gifts he’s left around the country.

While most of the receipts shown on this timeline are from restaurants out west – many in states including California, Wyoming and Arizona – a round of drinks at another Upper West Side seemed to verify the rumors in 2017.

A source told Page Six at the time that they’d spotted Selby at Guyer’s – the former wine bar at 286 Columbus Avenue between 72nd and 73rd Streets – and that “the bartender was brought to tears” after he gave her a $5,000 tip as well.

Several outlets indicate that “Tips For Jesus” is a movement involving multiple people, but Selby appears to at least be one of them.

In terms of the tagline, according to a no-longer-active website called Valley Wag (a gossip and news site launched in 2006 by Gawker, also no longer active), “all the Jesus talk is a joke.”

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