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From descriptions of Sam Bankman-Fried included in an article written by Adam Fisher and published by Sequoia Capital, a venture capital firm that invested $150 million in Bankman-Fried’s cryptocurrency platform FTX. Sequoia removed the article from its website two days before FTX filed for bankruptcy in November. In January, Bankman-Fried pleaded not guilty to federal criminal charges including fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

A mind trained from birth to calculate

Bred for the role of CEO

Breezed through an elite prep school

As good at explaining macroeconomics as anyone out there in the world today

Unbelievably fantastic

Obviously a genius

More like a super-advanced AI than flesh and blood

Working when people arrive, working when people leave

Devoting every waking moment of his life to work

His parents queued for a moment of his time, only to give up because the wait was too long

Has a real chance at being the world’s first trillionaire

Like no other billionaire I’ve ever met

Instantly lovable

The guilelessness, kindness, and openness of a Muppet

Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, the terms of the deals he makes favor the other side

An ethical maximalist in an industry of ethical minimalists

Dedicated to fixing the world

Actually as selfless as he claims to be

The new Jay Gatsby

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March 2023

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