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FTX court filing reveals former Alameda CEO’s $2.5M yacht purchase


FTX Debtors have disclosed a series of financial statements revealing transactions that benefited company executives shortly before the major cryptocurrency exchange’s collapse in November 2022.

In a recent court filing with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, several payments that directly benefited senior company executives at FTX and Alameda Research were disclosed. Specifically payments or property transfers executed within one year preceding the collapse of FTX.

However, FTX Debtors state that there are no guarantees of the data’s absolute accuracy or completeness and disclaim any liability for errors or omissions.

Court Filing in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Source: Kroll

In March 2022, a transaction of $2.51 million was directed from the company to the American Yacht Group, benefiting former Alameda Research co-CEO Sam Trabucco.

Just a few months after this transaction, Trabucco confirmed ownership of a boat while informing his followers about his resignation in an August 2022 tweet. In response to his tweet, Caroline Ellison, Alameda’s former co-CEO alongside Trabucco, expressed her hope that he enjoys more time on his boat.

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The filing also revealed that Bankman-Fried and FTX co-founder Gary Wang purchased Robinhood shares in April 2022, totalling $35,185,242. They continued their acquisitions of Robinhood in May 2022, spending an additional $19.45 million. It discloses that Bankman-Fired held a 90% share ownership, with Wang owning the remaining 10%.

Recently, Robinhood declared that it has bought back all shares previously held by FTX and Alameda Research.

On Aug. 31, Robinhood completed the purchase of 55,273,469 shares for roughly $606 million. Following the purchase announcement, Robinhood’s chief financial officer Jason Warnick expressed the company’s satisfaction with the outcome:

“We are happy to have completed the purchase of these shares and look forward to executing on our growth plans on behalf of our customers and shareholders.” 

Several cash payments were disclosed to executives including Bankman-Fried and Wang, as well as FTX director of engineering Nishad Singh, former FTX chief marketing officer Darren Wong, and former FTX chief operating officer Constance Wang, all within the twelve months prior to the collapse.

However, it notes that the disclosures are limited to fiat currency. “Responses to this question do not currently include all transfers of cryptocurrency, other digital assets or other assets,” it stated.

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