Disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried reportedly hit back earlier this month over widespread speculation about whether he and other company executives were. Engaged in a variety of lifestyles.
During a Nov. 16 phone call with cryptocurrency influencer Tiffany Fang, Bankman-Fried criticized media inquiries into her love life — parts of which Published since Tuesday Fong and popular YouTuber Stephen “Cafficilla” Findeisen.
“The problem is, at the end of the day, their metric is clicks. That’s what they want to get, and that’s fine, that’s it, but that means a boring story won’t sell, so they’re trying to ask me, like, the most provocative possible questions,” Bankman-Fried said. said.
“We, as a community, in my opinion, in my humble opinion, have spent enough time this week trying to figure out if anyone who lives in Albany is polyamorous,” Bankman-Fried added. “I feel like I’ve answered that question a lot, and the answer is too boring for people to want, to believe.”
The post has reached out to Bankman-Fried for comment.
Speculation about Bankman-Fried’s love affairs is closely intertwined with questions about FTX’s activities in the days before its collapse. CoinDesk reported that Bankman-Fried was part of a “cabel of roommates” who ran FTX and its sister cryptocurrency trading firm Alameda Research from a luxury penthouse in the Bahamas.
According to CoinDesk, the roommates are “coupled with each other in romantic relationships, or are dating.” In particular, Bankman-Fried became romantically involved with Carolyn Ellison, the former CEO of the now-shuttered Alameda Research.
Bankman-Fried later confirmed that the two had dated, but indicated that they were not currently in a relationship.
The report sparked widespread online rumors that FTX’s leaders were living in a “polykul” or network of polyamorous relationships. Recently resurfaced Tumblr posts allegedly written by Ellison Described “entering Bali”.
“When I first started my journey in Bali, I thought it was a radical break from my entrepreneurial past,” Ellison wrote in a Tumblr post. “But tbh I’ve come to conclude that the only acceptable style of Bali is better classified as ‘imperial Chinese harem’.”
Earlier this month, FTX’s former internal-performance coach, George Lerner, downplayed the situation and told the New York Times the leaders of the doomed site. “Less gendered, if any.”
Fang said Bankman-Fried had been following him on Twitter for some time around the time FTX filed for bankruptcy. He sent Bankman-Fried a Twitter direct message asking if he wanted to discuss the situation, which led to a phone call.
In audio of the call posted on Fong’s YouTube page on November 16, Bankman-Fried said she agreed to speak with her because she felt she would approach the conversation from “at least a somewhat neutral and interested perspective.”
Fong admitted that he “redacted” parts of the phone call at Bankman-Fried’s request.
Bankman-Fried participated in the call the same day Vox published a story detailing the live messages she exchanged with reporter Kelsey Piper. In that interview, Bankman-Fried ripped regulators and expressed regret about her bankruptcy filing.
The disgraced FTX founder made several bold claims during his conversation with Fong — including an unverified claim that he made massive “dark money” donations to Republican lawmakers during the midterms.
Bankman-Fried — the second-biggest Democratic donor ahead of the midterm elections — said she hid the GOP donations to avoid a media backlash.
“The reason is not for regulatory reasons. If you’re donating to Republicans, it’s because the reporters are freaking out, they’re all super liberal, and I don’t want that fight,” Bankman-Fried said.
Bankman-Fried also claimed ignorance of the so-called “back door” described in a Reuters report that accused FTX co-founder Gary Wang of creating a system that allowed theft. changes For company books.
“I don’t even know how to code, which is an honest, embarrassing answer,” Bankman-Fried said.