Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX Empire Ties With VC Firms Under Probe

SBF News: Sam Bankman-Fried, the co-founder and former CEO of FTX, invested over 20 million USD in a venture capital firm, Paradigm, that later bought a stake in FTX, revealed the court filings.

As the court proceedings of once a crypto billionaire is proceeding that is various information that’s coming out to the public. In the bankruptcy filing this week, it was indicated that Bankman-Fried had invested in a fund managed by Paradigm, a total of 2.5 billion USD, which was later invested by Paradigm One in FTX and its US exchanges.

Bankman-Fried was treated equally with the other investors in its fund, according to Paradigm. It was founded in 2018 by former Sequoia Capital partners Matt Huang and Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam.

According to a spokesman, San Francisco-based Paradigm also disclosed broad conflicts of interest to investors in Paradigm One, including the possibility that the fund would make investments in businesses managed by its limited partners.

Paradigm and FTX Connection

Paradigm was one of the major investors and helped the FTX team in running its Series B fundraising in July 2021. Later in November, of that year, Paradigm One was launched in which Alameda Research had a stake of 20 million USD. Later they extended it by 5 million USD, by purchasing from another investor in the firm. It joined the funding of FTX in February 2022, and the company along with its U.S. wing was valued at 40 billion USD.

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After FTX filed for bankruptcy on November 11, 2022, the firm wrote its investment of 278 million USD in FTX to zero. Its co-founder Huang later expressed regret for investing in Bankman-Fried’s empire.

Bankman-Fried’s Investment Fiasco

Sam Bankman-Fried invested millions of dollars in other venture capital firms including UVM Signum and Sequoia Capital. They were major backers of FTX. The sister firm of FTX, Alameda research invested over 200 million USD in funds managed by Sequoia as per a report by Financial Times.

He is accused of defrauding those investors and using FTX clients’ funds to support his Alameda Research hedge fund, which primarily invested in hazardous start-ups and crypto tokens. He used false financial claims to make investors fall for the scheme.

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