The most bizarre stories ever told in new book

The most bizarre stories ever told in new book

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

Lewis is a good writer, and he has a good reputation for finding interesting characters to write about.

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

Lewis's latest book, Go 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 begins 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 that during Bankman-Fried's very first television appearance, when FTX was gaining notoriety, he was playing a video game through it all. 's because he's trying to win his video game 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 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 said that he was unable to speak for anyone but had the authority to say what he said. He had ''seemingly infinite dollars'' and was willing to give it away. Lewis added that when Bankman-Fried took a Zoom meeting with Wintour, he had no idea who she was.

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

SBF wanted to pay Donald Trump to stay in the White House instead of running 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.

Those talks never went anywhere, obviously, and Bankman-Fried was unsure about the legality of paying Trump not to run, Lewis said. 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 that if given the choice 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.