FTX’s smallest investors may be biggest losers of crypto collapse

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Following the collapse of FTX, the cryptocurrency exchange once valued at $32 billion, a lot of attention turned to the now bankrupt company’s most prominent investors and celebrities.

But with over 1 million creditors, many young people and mom-and-pop investors will be left with the bag.

A bankruptcy court hearing scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. EST could shed more light on the full spectrum of those who lost money due to the FTX implosion. A motion to release a full list of FTX’s creditors, including their names and email addresses, will be considered at the hearing.

Former president of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Sheila Bair, recently told Fox Business that the real tragedy of the FTX collapse is that there are “potentially a million much smaller investors, and proportionately they are the ones who are really hurt.” will become.”

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The FTX logo can be seen at the entrance to the FTX Arena in Miami on November 12, 2022. (REUTERS/Marco Bello/File Photo / Reuters Photos)

Noting that FTX and the crypto industry in general is heavily geared towards young people, Bair said it “saddens” her that it is unlikely that so many who have invested in the company’s allure will get their investments back.

She suggested that in order to avoid a similar future collapse, crypto exchanges should be required to show proof of reserves and oversight should be maintained.

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FTX’s current CEO, John J. Ray III, a corporate restructuring expert who handled the bankruptcy of energy trader Enron, testified before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday and indicated that customers who put their money in FTX and its affiliates should not entertain hopes of a full recovery of their investments.

“We’ll never get all these possessions back,” Ray said bluntly.

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Samuel Bankman-Fried will leave court in Nassau, Bahamas, on Tuesday. (Mega for Fox News Digital/Fox News)

In initial filings during the early stages of bankruptcy proceedings, FTX indicated it owed its 50 largest unsecured creditors more than $3 billion. At that point, the company was able to identify 100,000 creditors it knew about, most of whom were FTX clients.

However, because the bankruptcy of FTX and its more than 130 affiliates could also affect former clients and others, the total number of creditors could eventually exceed 1 million.

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FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried

Sam Bankman-Fried, founder and former CEO of FTX Cryptocurrency Derivatives Exchange, speaks during an interview on an episode of Bloomberg Wealth with David Rubenstein in New York on August 17, 2022. (Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images/Getty Images)

FTX founder and former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried was arrested by authorities in the Bahamas on Monday and is expected to be extradited at a later date.

Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that Bankman-Fried has been charged with eight U.S. charges that carry a combined maximum sentence of 115 years in prison. Charges against him include customer telephony fraud, plus a conspiracy charge; lender fraud, plus a conspiracy charge; conspiracies to commit commodities fraud, securities fraud, money laundering and campaign finance violations.

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U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, said the Bankman-Fried case, which has drawn comparisons to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme and the Enron scandalwill go down in the books as “one of the greatest con artists in American history”.

Breck Dumas of Fox Business contributed to this story.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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