A founder of bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried, considered offering Donald Trump $5 billion so he would not run for president, said Michael Lewis in an interview. Lewis is a famous author of “The Big Short” and “Flash Boys.”
Sam was thinking, “We could pay Donald Trump not to run for president. Like, how much would it take?”
And he did get an answer. “There was a number that was kicking around. And the number that was kicking around when I was talking to Sam about this was $5 billion,” Lewis said.
Lewis claimed that Bankman-Fried was unaware of whether Trump had authorized the $5 billion figure. Lewis claims that the founder of FTX also questioned whether it would be legal to pay Trump to withdraw from the race.
Lewis claims that Sam Bankman-Fried has a portfolio that is primarily comprised of two things. The first is pandemic prevention because there are important things the government should be doing, and Donald Trump is also a fascinating topic.
“He saw Trump trying to undermine the democracy, and he thought, ‘Trump is– belongs on the list of existential risks,’” Lewis added.