Sam Bankman-Fried (born 6 March 1992) is an American trader, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder and CEO of FTX, a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange, and of Alameda Research, a quantitative trading firm. As of late December 2021, Bankman-Fried has an estimated net worth of $26.5 billion,[1] which makes him the world's richest person under 30[2] and the wealthiest known crypto billionaire;[3] his fortune has been described as "one of the fastest accumulations of self-made wealth in history."[4]


Bankman-Fried was born and raised in Stanford, California. He and his younger brother Gabe were introduced to moral philosophy at a young age by his parents, both  consequentialists and professors at Stanford Law School. The brothers eventually became "take-no-prisoners utilitarians".[5]

As a high school student, Bankman-Fried attended Canada/USA Mathcamp, a summer program for mathematically talented youth. There he met his future business partners Sam Trabucco (co-CEO of Alameda)[6] and Gary Wang (co-founder and CTO of FTX).[7]...

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