Sam Bankman-Fried Started Buying Solana's SOL at 20 Cents Using 'Alameda Profits,' He Says at His Trial

"I believed the funds came from Alameda’s operating profits" as well as third-party lenders, he testified Friday at his fraud and conspiracy trial.

AccessTimeIconOct 27, 2023 at 6:43 p.m. UTC
Updated Oct 27, 2023 at 8:18 p.m. UTC
10 Years of Decentralizing the Future
May 29-31, 2024 - Austin, TexasThe biggest and most established global hub for everything crypto, blockchain and Web3.Register Now

Sam Bankman-Fried once infamously offered to buy all the Solana tokens he could for $3 each. On Friday, while testifying at his criminal trial, he revealed he'd actually started buying SOL much earlier in its history, at 20 cents apiece.

Regarding how he paid for the investments, he said during questioning from his lawyer: "I believed the funds came from Alameda’s operating profits" as well as third-party lenders.

SOL has been described as a "Sam Coin" due to its close association with Bankman-Fried. He and his companies invested heavily in Solana-based projects and assets, and evangelized its brand prior to FTX's collapse last November.

The exchange's downfall wreaked havoc on the Solana ecosystem; the blockchain's community has been trying to shake his shadow ever since.

Bankman-Fried's testimony amounted to an attempt by defense lawyer Mark Cohen to get his client to show that he did "due diligence" on investments he made while running FTX and Alameda, but federal prosecutor Danielle Sassoon "objection-ed" it down.

SOL traded at $32 at press time Friday.

Edited by Nick Baker.


Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is an award-winning media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. In November 2023, CoinDesk was acquired by Bullish group, owner of Bullish, a regulated, institutional digital assets exchange. Bullish group is majority owned by; both groups have interests in a variety of blockchain and digital asset businesses and significant holdings of digital assets, including bitcoin. CoinDesk operates as an independent subsidiary, and an editorial committee, chaired by a former editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal, is being formed to support journalistic integrity.

Danny Nelson

Danny is CoinDesk's Managing Editor for Data & Tokens. He owns BTC, ETH and SOL.

Learn more about Consensus 2024, CoinDesk's longest-running and most influential event that brings together all sides of crypto, blockchain and Web3. Head to to register and buy your pass now.