The Naked Emperor

5.0/5

Critic Rating

Sam Bankman-Fried wasn't like other crypto moguls: he drove a Toyota Corolla, he was an advocate for government regulation, he said he would give billions away to charity. That is, until he lost it all in what has been called “one of history’s greatest-ever destructions of wealth.” Sam Bankman-Fried, aka SBF, had an empire. His cryptocurrency exchange, FTX, and hedge fund, Alameda Research, together were worth billions. Celebrities sang his praises, and politicians took his donations. Then, it all collapsed – almost overnight. There were millions of FTX customers. Now, they don’t know where their money is. Host Jacob Silverman, co-author of a forthcoming book about crypto and fraud, takes a closer look at the hype around SBF and FTX, and how it only grew, even as other crypto companies crashed around them. How powerful was Sam Bankman-Fried? And how did he initially manage to hang on, to thrive even, as other giants tumbled towards bankruptcy? This podcast is on the same feed as other podcasts.


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Stephen O. • Podcast Delivery Mar 20, 2023

"...host Jacob Silverman only deals with facts and some of these facts are wild. The Naked Emperor avoids the fluff and fodder that SBF almost dares reporters, fraud victims, and others to overindulge in and makes a point to look at the details like how the lack of boundaries between FTX and Alameda Research was unorthodox, to say the least."

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