Sep 13, 2023

Zeke Faux, author of "Number Go Up," which is a new book documenting crypto's wild ride, recounts his conversations with FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried before the exchange filed for bankruptcy.

Video transcript

I met Sam at Bitcoin 2021 in Miami and he was there to rename the arena after his exchange FTX. And I was taken by this story, same as everyone else like this billionaire who was only getting rich so that he could give it all away. Um So it was a, uh, you know, of course, I wish I was the one who called it. But I have to say I was surprised as anyone else when it was revealed that he'd been borrowing the customer, he'd been dipping into the customer funds of FTX and gambling it away with Alameda. Uh It was a big surprise to me too and that's why around at the end of this book, I fly down to the Bahamas before the cops get there and I go visit Sam at his penthouse to try and understand what happened.

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