Michael Lewis reveals his bizarre stories

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Michael Lewis reveals his bizarre stories

The FTX founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, is accused of running one of the biggest financial frauds in US history.

Although Michael Lewis is unrelenting in his writing style, he does have a reputation for coming up with interesting characters to write about.

The latest is Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of the failed crypto exchange FTX, who has been accused of running one of the biggest financial frauds in US history.

Lewis's latest book, Going Infinite, follows the rise and fall of the man known as SBF, and comes out on October 3 - the same day Bankman-Fried's trial starts in a federal court in New York City.

CBS's TV program 60 Minutes aired an interview with Lewis on the night of October in which 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?

SBF played a video game during his first TV interview.

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

Inperhaps the most fish-out-of-water story ever, Lewis said Vogue editor-in-chief and fashion icon 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, 62, said the symbiosis of a symbiosis was not a factor in the death of Lewis. He had'seemingly unlimited' money 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.

Tom Brady and SBF were friends, said an affidavit. Surprisingly - or perhaps not, given the $55 million - Brady adored him, Lewis said.

SBF wants to pay Trump to not run for president.

Bankman-Fried has donated many 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.

He also said that the talks never went anywhere, evidently, and Bankman-Fried was unsure about the legality of paying Trump not to run. But those discussions reportedly stopped when FTX collapsed and Bankman-Fried lost almost his entire fortune.

Bankman-Fried faces more than 100 years in prison, if convicted of a variety of federal fraud and conspiracy charges. When asked what Bankman-Fried fears most about potentially being imprisoned, Lewis had a surprising answer :

Lewis said if given the option of living in a $39m penthouse in the Bahamas without internet access or being in jail but with internet access, there's no question in my mind he'd take the jail.