Disgraced FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried bizarrely presented his former on-and-off girlfriend Caroline Ellison with a list of pros and cons of dating him – warning her ‘I don’t feel the happiness’ , according to a new book.
The list of negatives apparently outweighed the positives in the 2018 memo sent to her now ex-lover Ellison, who at the time was CEO of another of Bankman-Fried’s companies, Alameda Research, the author wrote by “The Big Short” Michael Lewis. in a new book about the accused fraudster, according to reports.
Bankman-Fried’s trial began this week in Manhattan federal court as the 31-year-old former crypto prodigy faces a series of federal charges over allegations that he embezzled client funds from FTX to fill Alameda’s losses.
Before facing fear of spending more than 100 years in prison, Bankman-Fried wondered whether he should continue his relationship with Ellison.
The list, published in the book, explains how he struggles to respect others and often likes to be alone, Business Insider reported.
“In many ways, I don’t really have a soul,” he wrote bluntly, according to the memo allegedly obtained by Lewis.
“There’s a pretty valid argument that my empathy is wrong, my feelings are wrong, my facial reactions are wrong. I don’t feel happiness. What’s the point of dating someone you physically can’t make happy? he also thought about it.
He was also torn about his intense focus on work and time spent with Ellison.
Other downsides included her concern about the power dynamics in their relationship and negative publicity if their relationship came to light, the New York Times reported.
As for the pros, Bankman-Fried twice brazenly declared, “I really f–king love you,” Insider reported. He also reportedly said they had common interests and that he enjoyed talking with her.
He praised her by describing her as an intelligent, impressive and good person, the Times reported.
The memo came after Ellison sent Bankman-Fried a four-page message admitting that her feelings for him “consume a ton of my brain space” while also highlighting her concerns about how their relationship could affect their work, Insider reported.
She also thought he was sending mixed signals.
“He told me he felt conflicted about having sex with me, then having sex with me, then ignoring me for a few months,” she claims. her in the book.
But the pros and cons did not deter Ellison, and she continued to maintain a relationship with Bankman-Fried, Lewis reportedly wrote.
Ellison pleaded guilty to fraud charges late last year.
She could be the star witness in her ex-lover’s high-profile trial, a former senior attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told The Post this week.
More than $8 billion in customer crypto assets disappeared when FTX imploded, federal officials said.
Lewis’ new book, “Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon,” hit bookstores Tuesday.
New York Post