Failed crypto exchange FTX revealed the names of several shareholders and investors in a recent bankruptcy court filing dated Jan. 9.
Venture capital firms led funding rounds
FTX conducted four fundraising rounds between July 2021 and January 2022, called Series B, Series B-1, Series C, and Series A.
Those fundraising rounds were largely led by venture capital firms known for their involvement in the cryptocurrency industry, including Sequoia and Paradigm, according to a CNBC analysis.
CryptoSlate chart based on CNBC analysis
Sequoia Capital made two large investments in series B and series A, through which it obtained 4.8 million preferred shares and 5.3 million shares, respectively. It also earned just over 572,000 Series B-1 shares. Despite getting relatively few shares overall, he was the largest investor in Series B, responsible for 16% of that round.
Paradigm made its largest investment in Series A and obtained 16.5 million shares. However, he only led Series C, where he got just 1.6 million shares but was responsible for 20% of all funding. He also obtained 1.5 million series B shares.
Temasek , a Singaporean state-owned investment firm that recently moved into VC cryptocurrency investing , led FTX’s ambitious Series A funding round. Temasek obtained 26.3 million shares and represented 16% of that investment round. It also earned approximately 5.4 million additional shares in the other three rounds of financing.
Crypto companies and individuals who invested in FTX
The FTX shareholder presentation also revealed a number of other smaller investments of interest. Coinbase held 1.3 million preferred shares and 4 million common shares, a notable investment, as the two exchanges were direct competitors.
Several other crypto-adjacent entities also invested in FTX. Huobi or one of his executives owned 247,700 common shares. Japanese crypto bank Softbank, Bitcoin ETF applicant Van Eck, and investment firms Multicoin Capital and CoinFund all held combinations of preferred shares and common shares.
FTX’s filing revealed links to billionaire hedge fund manager and cryptocurrency advocate Paul Tudor Jones. Although family trusts, Jones owned 476,918 preferred shares, making him the 15th largest investor in FTX’s Series B funding round.
Other notable individual investors include celebrity coaches Denise and Katie Austin, “Shark Tank” host Kevin O’Leary (via O’Leary Productions) and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (via KPC Venture Capital).
Kraft is perhaps the most notable of those names due to FTX’s prior connections to the New England Patriots. In June 2021, the trade reached an agreement with the team’s quarterback Tom Brady. Brady held 1.1 million shares of common stock, according to the shareholder filing. His ex-wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, had 686,761 Share. Kraft held 155,144 preferred shares plus 479,000 common shares.
Certain FTX associates, including former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried and former Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison, were also named in the shareholder filing.
It should be noted that many of the previous investments were previously disclosed by those involved. However, the presentation provides hard data on the matter and reveals whether investors invested a lot , or just a little , in FTX.
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