Sam Bankman-Fried

Sam Bankman-Fried

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Sam Bankman-Fried is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alameda Research, a quantitative crypto trading firm. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of FTX, a cryptocurrency exchange specializing in derivatives. Prior to this, Bankman-Fried was a trader on the international ETF desk of Jane Street. During this time, he traded various ETFs, futures, currencies, and equities, and designed their automated OTC trading system. It is also at Jane Street where he learned extensively about financial analytics and trading.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • According to Yahoo Sports, Bankman-Fried earned an incredible fortune in just three and a half years by trading cryptocurrency
  • When asked how he became so successful, he explains that he achieved success from arbitrage opportunities available in the crypto market
  • He became a multi-billionaire at the age of 29.
  • The vast majority of his wealth is in FTX's equity and tokens.
  • He was named to Forbes’ 2021 ”30 Under 30” list in the category of finance.



  • Bankman-Fried is a well-known philanthropist with aspirations to political influence, donating $5.2 million to President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign.
  • He continues to be actively involved in the effective altruism community and intends to donate most of his wealth where it can do the most good.