Michael Lewis reveals the bizarre stories of FTX founder

Michael Lewis reveals the bizarre stories of FTX founder

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

Michael Lewis, author, has a knack for finding interesting characters to write about.

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

The latest book, Going Infinite, follows the rise and decline 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 that when Bankman-Fried was gaining notoriety during his very first TV appearance, 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 he was unable to say how he would spend the rest of his life. He had a'seemingly infinite' amount of 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.

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

The SBF wanted to pay Trump to not run for president.

Bankman-Fried has donated numerous 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, evidently, and Bankman-Fried was unsure about the legality of paying Trump not to run, Lewis said. But those discussions reportedly stopped when the FTX collapsed and Bankman-Fried lost almost his entire fortune.

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