Sam Bankman-Fried No Longer a Billionaire After $14.6B Wipeout: Bloomberg

The FTX CEO lost an estimated $14.6 billion dollars – nearly 94% of his total wealth – according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index.

AccessTimeIconNov 8, 2022 at 5:00 a.m. UTC
Updated May 9, 2023 at 4:01 a.m. UTC

FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried has vanished from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index after his estimated personal wealth plummeted nearly 94% to $991.5 million in a single day.

Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao announced on Tuesday that he had inked a provisional agreement to acquire FTX after concerns mounted about the Bahamas-based exchange’s apparent insolvency, leading to a slowdown in withdrawals and freefall in the price of FTX’s native token.

Before his company’s cash crunch, Bankman-Fried was worth an estimated $15.2 billion but, according to Bloomberg, $14.6 billion was wiped out overnight. Bankman-Fried’s rapid rise to financial success, combined with his relative youth and eccentric personality – including his supposed penchant for sleeping on a beanbag in his office – made SBF one of the darlings of the crypto industry.

A self-described “effective altruist,” Bankman-Fried made big promises earlier this year to donate the majority of his fortune, at the time valued at $21 billion, to charity. He also promised to spend up to $1 billion to support political candidates aligned with his broader mission of preparing for future pandemics.

Though Bankman-Fried spent approximately $40 million ahead of the midterm elections (with middling success), he later backed away from his promise, calling it “a dumb quote.”


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