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Why Did FTX Collapse? Sam Bankman-Fried Reveals All

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FTX’s unexpected collapse shook the cryptocurrency market to its very core. Once the third-largest bitcoin exchange, it now has billions in limbo.

Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of the defunct FTX cryptocurrency exchange, made his first media appearance since his business empire collapsed this month on Wednesday. 

Read on for a summary of his recent interview with NYC. 

The FTX Crisis: An Inside View

SBF insisted that he “did not ever try to commit fraud” and repeatedly said that he didn’t know the extent to which his crypto businesses had descended into chaos. 

The billionaire further added that he failed to appoint anyone to administer the Alameda and FTX link, which would be in line with the fact that FTX, despite being valued at $32 billion, has never had a board of directors. 

He claimed it was his duty to pay more attention to the intertwining finances and then, in an ironic twist, he highlighted his ownership interest conflicts in both companies as the basis for his worry.

Some say the decline of FTX and the blunders made by its CEO and his team will have a big impact on public trust in the cryptocurrency business in an already negative situation, owing to the fluctuating values of Bitcoin and Ethereum.

SBF was surprisingly vocal about the crisis, and many were taken aback that he even did this interview. 

During the discussion, SBF indicated he didn’t know how the firm’s ties and bankruptcy went awry. When Sorkin asked SBF’s lawyers about the interview, he said “they’re not” in favor.

Did SBF Manipulate the Client Fund? 

The former CEO of FTX maintains he did not “voluntarily” misuse investors’ funds. He noted he might repay the customer’s money but can’t say how. He’s confident he’ll find a way.

“It’s not really in my hands, but I think it would make sense to explore it because customers could be made more whole, maybe even fully whole, with a dedicated effort.”

A Valuable Lesson For Crypto Investors

After the season’s worst crash, Sam Bankman-Fried offers some surprising advice that many would-be investors would have liked to hear sooner: put your money to work on an exchange that doesn’t trade like FTX. 

His recommendation comes after his bankrupt cryptocurrency firm froze the assets of millions of customers.

The Highlights Of The Interview 

1. Bankman-Fried hopes that once people see that he is only a naive young man, they would forgive his $3.2 billion in outstanding customer cash.

2. The Bahamas house acquired in Bankman-parents’ name does not belong to them. When pressed about his parents’ role, Bankman-Fried quickly exonerated them. He stated he doesn’t know the facts of his parent’s house, but he knew it wasn’t supposed to be their long-term home. 

3. According to Sam, FTX overemphasized the compliance issues rather than protecting the customer interest and that left the clients at risk. 

4. When asked if Sequoia and Paradigm should be held accountable for failing to assess FTX’s risk management, Bankman-Fried was quick to defend them, but his justification may be flawed. According to his response, they only cared about the ROI and didn’t care for the client.

5. Bankman-Fried was probed about his Twitter drug use. He downplayed substances’ involvement in FTX’s failure. He denied drinking and doing drugs and found the claims hilarious.

6. Bankman-Fried might believe that he lacks the ability to accurately forecast his immediate future. At this point, it is impossible for him to know for sure what shape his legal issues will take.

7. Bankman-Fried was once young and wealthy, with $10.5 billion in personal wealth. The interviewer questioned if he had anything else. He said he has no money left and doesn’t know how to recover from the crisis.

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Qadir AK

Qadir Ak is the founder of Coinpedia. He has over a decade of experience writing about technology and has been covering the blockchain and cryptocurrency space since 2010. He has also interviewed a few prominent experts within the cryptocurrency space.

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