Sam Bankman-Fried’s sudden turn from white knight to washout

Sam Bankman-Fried's sudden turn from white knight to washout

Nov 11 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried earned a reputation as a savior of the crypto industry when he bailed out two platforms earlier this year. But when FTX, the exchange he co-founded and led until Friday, needed a lifeline, none was forthcoming. Until this week, the 30-year-old American was seen as a darling in digital … Read more

EXCLUSIVE At least $1 billion of client funds missing at failed crypto firm FTX – sources

EXCLUSIVE At least $1 billion of client funds missing at failed crypto firm FTX – sources

FTX founder Bankman-Fried secretly moved $10 billion in funds to trading firm Alameda – sources Bankman-Fried showed spreadsheets to colleagues that revealed shift in funds to Alameda – sources Spreadsheets indicated between $1 billion and $2 billion in client money is unaccounted for – sources Executives set up book-keeping “back door” that thwarted red flags … Read more

FTX’s Bankman-Fried scrambles for funds after Binance deal collapse

FTX's Bankman-Fried scrambles for funds after Binance deal collapse

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE/NEW YORK, Nov 10 (Reuters) – FTX Chief Executive Sam Bankman-Fried on Thursday launched an urgent push to raise funds to save his firm as the crypto exchange looks to plug a reported $8 billion hole in its finances, according to tweets and a memo to employees. Bankman-Fried said he was in talks with … Read more

Exclusive: Behind FTX’s fall, battling billionaires and a failed bid to save crypto

Exclusive: Behind FTX's fall, battling billionaires and a failed bid to save crypto

Nov 10 (Reuters) – (This story contains language some readers may find offensive in paragraph 2) On Tuesday morning, Sam Bankman-Fried, owner of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, caught his employees off-guard with a somber message. “I’m sorry,” he told them. “I fucked up.” The reason for the mea culpa: His announcement half an hour earlier that … Read more

Cryptocurrencies fall after FTX-Binance turmoil spooks investors

Cryptocurrencies fall after FTX-Binance turmoil spooks investors

SINGAPORE/LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Cryptocurrencies saw a second day of sharp declines on Wednesday, as investors continued to fret about the stability of the sector and the financial health of major exchange FTX despite plans for a rescue deal from bigger rival Binance . Crypto giant Binance signed a nonbinding agreement on Tuesday to … Read more

Binance plans to buy FTX’s non-US operations in latest crypto bailout

Binance plans to buy FTX's non-US operations in latest crypto bailout

WASHINGTON/LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Crypto giant Binance signed a nonbinding agreement to buy rival FTX’s non-US unit, FTX.com, to help cover a “liquidity crunch” at the cryptocurrency exchange, the companies said on Tuesday, in a surprise move that raised fresh concerns about the risks investors face in the volatile crypto market. Binance CEO Changpeng … Read more