Now that we got that out of the way. There is another main reason why i believe ripple has a better chance to be the nummer 1 or 2 coin than ETH. ETH has very slow transactions thus has excaclty the same problem as bitcoin . Ripple does not have this problem! Ripples transactions are nearly instant.
Ripple used to have permanent , only a month ago the supply was locked! There will never be more Ripples. This will cause a major rise soon enough.
Another big reason is that the banks that will use Ripple will grow exponentially. Also ripple is being added to nearly all the major crypto exchanges. Even though the market cap of ripple is high. It can grow much higher, I expect ripple to pass ETH somewhere this year. And mayb even bitcoin the future.
In addition, 55 Billion ripple were locked up by the central authority, in order to limit volatility and control price. Banks do not want to buy ripple with the uncertainty that it will be worth something completely different by the time the ripple is exchanged with their partner and transferred to their native currency of choice. A lack of appreciation is built into the ripple model. They don't care if the ripple is worth .30 cents or $30 dollars, they want a stable price. Watch ripple when all the alt coins crash, ripple doesn't crash hard (+-3-4%) and doesn't recover big either. Sure ripple may have a run or two under its belt over the next year or two as market cap rises. But its not going to end up a 10X appreciation coin anytime soon due to the 55 Billion ripple being held by the central controllers.
For each transaction 0.001xrp burns forever. xrp is created to rise in value over time. And of course ripple cares about the price of xrp. it's big portion of the company's asset. Disinformed people often see ripple as a governmental organization that doesn't care for a big profit. ripple is a private company that tries to generate as much profit as possible just like any other companies in the world.