Former FTX superstar spokesman Kevin O’Leary says he believes the bankrupt crypto change was toppled on goal by China-based rival Binance, primarily based on claims made by ousted FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried and the actions of Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao.
O’Leary, an investor and “Shark Tank” star, made the assertion Wednesday whereas testifying earlier than the Senate Banking Committee when requested his opinion on why FTX failed.
“For my part, my private opinion, these two behemoths that personal the unregulated market collectively and grew these unbelievable companies by way of rising had been at battle with one another, and one put the opposite out of enterprise deliberately,” O’Leary stated.
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“Now, perhaps there’s nothing unsuitable with that – perhaps there’s nothing unsuitable with love and battle,” he continued. “However Binance is a large, unregulated international monopoly now. They put FTX out of enterprise – now, a number of different causes, I am certain. However that is my private opinion.”
O’Leary recalled Bankman-Fried telling him shortly after FTX collapsed that the change spent as a lot as $3 billion to repurchase Binance’s purported 20% share of his agency as a result of Zhao allegedly refused to adjust to regulatory requests from completely different jurisdictions, thereby prohibiting FTX from being cleared for licenses. The transfer, he stated, “stripped the steadiness sheet of belongings.”
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O’Leary additionally pointed to Zhao’s actions on Nov. 6 when the CEO introduced through Twitter that Binance was liquidating all of the remaining FTT tokens on its books, which is a proprietary token of FTX. The “Shark Tank” investor stated Zhao knew that transfer was going to “push down the worth of that coin dramatically” and “that is precisely what occurred.”
Zhao stated in the identical tweet thread on the time, “Relating to any hypothesis as as to if it is a transfer towards a competitor, it isn’t.”
Bankman-Fried, arrested Monday and at present jailed within the Bahamas on a number of fees associated to FTX’s collapse, has additionally blamed Binance for his agency’s demise. O’Leary echoed a number of claims Bankman-Fried made in his pre-written testimony to Congress, which was obtained and revealed by Forbes however by no means delivered by the FTX founder attributable to his incarceration hours earlier than the listening to.
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Binance didn’t instantly reply to FOX Enterprise’ request for a response to O’Leary’s remarks.