Scaramucci says he did buy FTX token after getting investment from Sam Bankman-Fried

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By Anviksha Patel

Scaramucci calls FTT investment ‘ceremonial’

Anthony Scaramucci’s investment fund SkyBridge Capital bought $10 million worth of FTT tokens after receiving an investment from FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried.

The Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing three sources, that Bankman-Fried told Scaramucci to buy FTT tokens created by his now bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX and would subsequently take a stake in his investment firm SkyBridge Capital.

The investment in SkyBridge, which was widely publicized in September, consisted of Bankman-Fried spending around $45 million for a 30% stake in the firm through his venture firm FTX Ventures.

Scaramucci acknowledged the purchases in a Twitter space discussion on Thursday afternoon, explaining that his firm was not big enough to pump FTT tokens.

“Buying $10 million of FTT tokens was a ceremonial gesture. I don’t think we moved the market, by the way. I can state definitively we didn’t sell any FTT tokens. Even after I found out what I found out last Tuesday ” he said in the interview.

He added that he felt it “inappropriate” for SkyBridge to sell its FTT tokens and will take the loss.

“Those tokens feel like they’re going to trade to zero unless there’s something I don’t understand that’s going to happen to those tokens.”

“And if they trade to zero, so be it. I write the loss off on those tokens. But the notion that he’s buying my firm so that I can pump the token, my firm is just not big enough. It’s just not realistic, he added.

According to Coinmarketcap, the FTT token on Friday was trading at $1.54, down from $22 before Binance CEO Changpeng Zhou said his firm would sell its holdings, then valued at $2.1 billion.

Related: Binance CEO Changpeng Zhou takes swipe at Sam Bankman-Fried following new revelations from bankruptcy filing

-Anviksha Patel

 

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11-18-22 0443ET

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