Sam Bankman-Fried could spend up to $1B in 2024 to thwart Trump comeback

The billionaire founder and CEO of theFTX cryptocurrency exchange Sam Bankman-Fried has revealed he intends to spend anywhere between $100 million and $1 billion to help influence the 2024 United States presidential election campaigns. In a podcast interview on May 24 Bankman-Fried was asked how much money he might donate during the next presidential election cycle, answering he’d give “north of $100 million” with a “soft ceiling” of $1 billion if he were to bankroll the person running against former president Donald Trump. “I would hate to say hard ceiling…

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Terra ecosystem collapses, Sam Bankman-Fried buys Robinhood stock, and crypto trader receives jail sentence for a ponzi scheme: Hodler’s Digest, May 8-14

Coming every Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Breaking: Terra blockchain officially halted following LUNA price collapse This week, news about the Terra ecosystem dominated the headlines after algorithmic stablecoin TerraUSD (UST) lost its peg to the U.S. dollar — and continued to crash.  At its lowest point during the week, UST fell…

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Robinhood shares spike 30% after Sam Bankman-Fried buys $650M stake

Sam Bankman-Fried, the billionaire founder and CEO of cryptocurrency exchange FTX has acquired a substantial 7.6% stake in the popular online brokerage, Robinhood.  The news was well received by the market, with Robinhood’s (HOOD) stock price initially soaring over 30% in after hours trading. At the time of writing the price has settled to a 24% overall gain. According to a securities filing made with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, Bankman-Fried purchased a total of $648 million in Robinhood shares at an average price of $11.52. The purchases…

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Frax co-founder Sam Kazemian believes stablecoin regulations are currently too harsh

Stablecoins, or crypto assets which peg their value to less volatile fiat money, are useful tools for a variety of reasons. They can be used to cash out crypto investments, send or receive stable money abroad, and to pay for everyday consumer transactions without fear of fluctuation. A recent estimate from the Bank for International Settlements, or BIS, put the total stablecoin supply at roughly $150 billion. But central banks, the issuers of traditional fiat money around the globe, do not seem to be big fans of stablecoins. A sharp…

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Galaxy Digital’s Sam Englebardt – Cointelegraph Magazine

Sam Englebardt has produced zombie films, created Gold Class cinemas in Australia and hobnobbed with crypto pioneers in the early days. Now he’s investing half a billion dollars into the creation of the metaverse. Galaxy Interactive managing partner Sam Englebardt first met billionaire and former hedge fund manager Mike Novogratz during a whirlwind, celebrity-studded trip to Haiti in 2016. Englebardt’s fiance, Megan, had invited him down at the last minute for a shindig put on by Artists For Peace and Justice. “It was a fun weekend,” Englebardt explains. “It’s [Crash…

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Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX to purchase Miami Heat arena naming rights

According to a report yesterday from the Miami Herald, cryptocurrency exchange FTX is preparing to finalize a deal to sponsor the home of National Basketball Association team the Miami Heat — a move that will grant the exchange exclusive naming rights for the 19,600 arena.  “Miami-Dade County is getting closer to signing a cryptocurrency company to replace American Airlines as the naming-rights sponsor of the Miami Heat’s downtown arena, according to several sources — a deal that would deliver the NBA its first venue tied to bitcoin and other electronic…

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Sam Bankman-Fried believes even ETH 2 can’t handle DeFi’s potential growth

FTX exchange co-founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried believes Ethereum (ETH) is incapable of handling decentralized finance’s (DeFi) growth. Talking to Camila Russo from the Defiant Podcast, Bankman-Fried says that the Ethereum blockchain is limitin DeFi’s development and the only way around it is to build on other networks: “At some point, it’s just clear that we weren’t getting around that. Either, we’re going to build it on Ethereum, or we are going to build something that we thought was going to be really exciting, but not both.” He stated that…

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