‘Black Swan’ Author Nassim Taleb Reveals Own Sam Bankman-Fried Verdict

Renowned author and financial expert Nassim Taleb has sparked widespread interest and debate with his recent commentary on the verdict handed down to Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of the now-bankrupt crypto exchange FTX.

Taleb, best known for his bestselling book “Black Swan,” took to social media to share his thoughts on Bankman-Fried’s 25-year prison sentence for fraud.

Taleb’s remarks, made in response to a statement by Bankman-Fried expressing remorse for his actions, suggest a deep skepticism regarding the sincerity of the convicted businessman’s repentance. Without directly addressing the specifics of the case, Taleb’s comment implies a concern that Bankman-Fried may be more focused on his own situation than on the victims of his fraudulent activities.

It’s all about him. It’s not about the victims. https://t.co/lu56OqeSQ7

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) March 28, 2024

The trial, which concluded in November 2023 with Bankman-Fried being found guilty on all seven counts, revealed a staggering sum of $8 billion fraudulently obtained from FTX customers. Despite the evidence presented by prosecutors, Bankman-Fried maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings.

Collapse of FTX

FTX, once valued at $32 billion and ranked as the fourth-largest crypto exchange globally, faced significant financial turmoil following investigative reports exposing its precarious financial state. The revelation triggered a mass exodus of investors, ultimately leading to the exchange’s collapse and declaration of bankruptcy.

Bankman-Fried’s legal troubles began in December 2022 when he was detained in the Bahamas at the request of the United States. Initially released on a staggering $250 million bail, his subsequent return to custody followed accusations of witness tampering, culminating in yesterday’s sentencing.


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