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Sam Bankman-Fried Assets: Will FTX Founder Forfeit Entire $700M Fortune Including 2 Luxury Jets?

Josh Adams
Last Updated November 6, 2023 6:04 PM
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Key Takeaways
  • SBF was convicted on seven counts on November 2.
  • At his peak, he was the richest man under the age of 30.
  • Now, he will lose permanent access to his planes and fortune.

The stunning downfall of cryptocurrency exchange FTX has left its founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, facing grave legal and financial consequences. Once touted as a billionaire, Bankman-Fried’s estimated $16 billion net worth already lies in ruins.

With federal prosecutors looking for fines and restitution, and a guilty verdict potentially subject to appeal, his real estate, luxury items, bank accounts, and cryptocurrency holdings are unlikely to return to their disgraced owner.

Prosecutors Have Already Seized $700M

In fact, federal prosecutors have already seized  nearly $700 million in cash and assets connected to Bankman-Fried. This includes over 50 million shares of Robinhood stock worth approximately $500 million that were beneficially owned by Bankman-Fried but held in accounts under the name of Emergent Fidelity Technologies, one of his affiliate companies.

Judge Kaplan later issued a sale order  on August 28, to prevent their value from declining during the legal proceedings. Robinhood has now bought back more than $600 million worth of its own shares that were owned by Bankman-Fried before his arrest.

According to a September 1, 2023, regulatory filing , Robinhood acquired 55 million shares from the U.S. Marshal Service in a deal worth over $605 million. 

The same number of shares had been valued at around $450 million when initially seized in January. 

Prosecutors have also seized  two luxury jets – a Bombardier Global 5000 and an Embraer Legacy 135BJ – purchased by Bankman-Fried and worth over $100 million combined.

These possessions, along with billions in mysterious international wire transfers, are now in government hands as alleged proceeds of crime.

More SBF Trials?

With Bankman-Fried’s recent conviction by a jury on fraud and conspiracy charges, any remaining assets are still at risk. Heavy fines at his sentencing hearing on March 28, 2024, could further decimate any of the disgraced billionaire’s remaining wealth. 

Back in November 2022, Bloomberg believed  the former crypto mogul’s fortune had completely evaporated just days after FTX filed for bankruptcy. As financial penalties pile up into the hundreds of millions, Bankman-Fried may end up owing far more than he can pay.

The remainder of his FTX exchange is on a separate path to making creditors whole. It has promised to return 90% of users’ lost funds.

Bankman-Fried confronts the looming prospect of a second criminal trial set for March 11, with a slate of five charges hanging over him: bribery conspiracy, conspiracy to run an unlicensed money-transmitting business, bank fraud conspiracy, and derivatives and securities fraud. 

U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan has issued a firm deadline of February 1, 2024, for government prosecutors to decide whether they will press forward with the impending second trial.

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