Michael Lewis reveals the bizarre stories about Bankman-Fried

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Michael Lewis reveals the bizarre stories about Bankman-Fried

What is your review of Michael Lewis, but he's a master at finding interesting characters to write about.

The latest is Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of failed crypto exchange FTX, who's accused of running one of the biggest financial frauds in U.S. Lewis's latest book, follows the rise and fall of the man known as SBF and comes out Tuesday - the same day Bankman-Fried's trial starts in federal court in New York City.

CBS's 60 Minutes aired an interview with Lewis on Sunday night, where Lewis delved deep into Bankman-Fried's history and psyche and revealed juicy tidbits from the book, which he compiled from meeting SBF more than 100 times over two years. What are some of the weirdest stories about Bankman-Fried he told '60 Minutes'?

In his first TV interview, SBF played a videogame.

Lewis said that during Bankman-Fried's very first TV appearances, when FTX was gaining notoriety, he was playing a videogame through it all. 'S because he's trying to win his videogame at the same time he's on the air,' Lewis said.

In perhaps the most fish-out-of-water story ever, Lewis said Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour wanted Bankman-Fried, who rarely wore anything other than shorts and a T-shirt and who Lewis called the worst-dressed person in America... the worst-dressed billionaire in the history of billionaires to sponsor the swanky Met Gala. Lewis, 58, said he was inspired by the experience of working with children. He had a sense of infinity and was willing to give it away. When Bankman-Fried took a Zoom meeting with Wintour, Lewis said, he had no idea who she was.

Brady and SBF were friends. In fact, given the $55 million, Brady 'adored him,' Lewis said.

SBF wanted to pay Trump not to run.

Bankman-Fried has donated millions of dollars to both Republicans and Democrats, but he was so worried about Donald Trump - who he considered a threat to democracy - that he considered paying Trump not to run for president in 2024, Lewis said.

Those talks never went anywhere,Obviously, and Bankman-Fried was unsure about the legality of paying Trump not to run, Lewis said. FTX collapsed and Bankman-Fried lost nearly his entire fortune.

He added that if given the option of living in a $39 million penthouse in the Bahamas without internet access, or be in jail but with internet access, there's no question in my mind he'd take the jail.