Crypto Investor FTX Ventures to Take 30% Stake in SkyBridge Capital

The firm, founded by former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci, will invest some of the funds in crypto assets for its balance sheet.

AccessTimeIconSep 9, 2022 at 10:41 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 9, 2022 at 6:53 p.m. UTC

Jamie Crawley is a CoinDesk news reporter based in London.

FTX Ventures, the investment arm of FTX, a crypto exchange run by billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried, has agreed to buy 30% of SkyBridge Capital for an undisclosed amount.

SkyBridge, the investment firm founded by Anthony Scaramucci, who was an aide to former U.S. President Donald Trump, will use some of the funds to buy $40 million in cryptocurrencies to hold on its balance sheet as a long-term investment, the firm said Friday.

Historically, SkyBridge has focused on traditional hedge funds, but it pivoted toward crypto during the last bull cycle, with reports in July that it was planning a Web3-dedicated fund to invest in late-stage crypto companies. According to the reports at the time, an official announcement on the fund is set for Sept. 12 at SkyBridge's annual Salt conference.

The firm also started an investment vehicle to invest in bitcoin (BTC) mining, which raised about $7 million according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Filing in April.

FTX, for its part, has been active in recent months as the crypto market melted down, offering rescues to troubled firms such as lenders Voyager Digital and BlockFi.

Bankman-Fried said in July that he wasn't bothered about losing money if his bailouts meant the broader crypto economy remained healthy.

UPDATE (Sept. 9, 11:19 UTC ): Adds detail, background.

UPDATE (Sept. 9, 11:51 UTC): Adds link to FTX announcement, removes CNBC sourcing.

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