First on the fox: After allegedly defrauding up to a million investors out of billions of dollars around the world, The king of FTX encryption has fallen Hidden inside an ultra-luxury resort in the Bahamas, behind concrete walls and guarded checkpoints, Sam Bankman-Fried is a world away from his clients as they scramble to recover lost assets.
The Albany resort southwest of Nassau covers 600 waterfront acres, with a “rare array of amenities” that make it, according to the brochure, “a peaceful island getaway, a sportsman’s paradise, an elegant retreat, and a true community.”
it’s a Where the very wealthy go To enjoy the tropical paradise without interruption from the common people.
Inside the exclusive complex, which is closed off from the public and has guards at its entrances by land and sea, members from around the world travel the palm tree-lined avenues in golf carts as workers maintain yachts, landscaping and businesses within.
Bankman Fried $40 million penthouse It tops the Orchid Building, the south tower on the west side of Albany’s mega-yacht marina. The six-story structure is shaped like the yacht itself, faces south, toward the sea, and maintenance fees have been listed at over $20,000.
On the lawn there’s a replica of the Charging Bull statue on Wall Street — cast by original creator Arturo Di Modica and bought by Joe Lewis, a billionaire Albany co-owner who, according to the artist’s New York Times obituary, also bought the New York City sculpture on the condition that it never be moved. From its location in Bowling Green on Broadway.
Steps away, in a beach house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is a replica brave girl The sculpture famously posed in front of a bull in 2017 as part of a marketing campaign.
The resort includes a marina for giant yachts, a private school and Designer golf course By co-owner Ernie Els. In fact, Albany is hosting the Hero World Challenge there December 1-4 for the Tiger Woods Foundation.
The hotel inside is open to members only, with rooms starting at $5,100 a night.
There are bars, lounges, restaurants, and even a bodega inside, stocked with household supplies, organic food, and alcohol.
Residents can request a private delivery Al Jamea Market Grocery for Foodwhich is delivered to Fort Lauderdale and picked up within Albany once a week, according to the online grocery site.
Green spaces include seven paths for pedestrians, equestrians, and cyclists, as well as golf cart trails, private roads, and rows of multimillion-dollar residences. There is a dog park, an equestrian center, a Rolex store and other upscale shops by the marina.
In 2019 Forbes magazine described the Albanian community as “one of the most exclusive resorts in the world”. Her ownership group, Justin Timberlake, includes golfers Tiger Woods and Ernie Els and British billionaire Joe Louis.
Els designed the property’s world-class golf course. There are also swimming pools, tennis courts, a gym and a spa, as well as a small private theater and CrossFit Training Center.
Bankman-Fried has purchased additional condominiums for another $32 million over the past several years, according to Reuters — bringing his real estate holdings in the Bahamas to at least 19 properties for sale. About $121 million.
Bankman-Fried ignored the questions from Fox News Digital about whether his New Providence Island purchases were paid for with clients’ assets.
A few executives from the inner circle lived with Bankman-Fried At Orchid Penthouse 6, which has a rooftop pool and a walk-out gazebo that overlooks the water on three sides. According to previous property listings, it has five bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, and a full-size bar.
John Ray, who was named CEO of FTX after Bankman-Fried exposed his financial troubles, Filed bankruptcy And he resigned, saying in court filings that FTX and a dozen of its sister companies lack functional accounting and human resources departments, and that Bankman-Fried had received a $1 billion personal loan from one of his own companies.
“Never in my career have I seen such a complete failure of corporate controls and such a complete absence of trustworthy financial information as happened here,” he wrote, after twice implying that he worked on the collapse of Enron, in a court filing this week. “From the compromised integrity of systems and faulty regulatory oversight abroad, to the concentration of control in the hands of a very small group of inexperienced, inexperienced and vulnerable individuals, this situation is unprecedented.”
At a hearing Tuesday, the attorneys revealed that the Justice Department also opened an investigation into the FTX hack attempts and a “significant” amount of the company’s assets that went missing.
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FTX lawyers noted that, under its previous management, the company spent nearly $300 million on Bahamian real estate used by executives, and the company currently owes more than $3 billion to the 50 largest creditors.
A spokesperson for Bankman Fried’s parents, Law professors at Stanford University Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried told Reuters this week that the couple were looking to “return the deed” to a property near Old Fort Bay to FTX after bankruptcy. Old Fort Bay is a separate gated community where Bankman Fried’s parents are listed as signatories to the property purchased with FTX money, according to a Reuters report.
The parents were spotted with their son and several other individuals on the balcony of Bankman-Fried’s penthouse Monday afternoon, a day after neighbors told Fox News Digital that the former FTX CEO has barricaded himself in and barely gotten out since his company filed for bankruptcy earlier. from this month.
Bankman-Fried’s Albany’s expenses come in addition to the extravagant spending on American political campaign Contributions, catered to his staff, amounted to $10,000 a day from local restaurants, and $60 million from the empty lot that was to be FTX’s new headquarters. Although the project started earlier this year, it is nothing more than a fenced patch of weeds by the ocean.
Bankman Fried donated approx $40 million for the Democrats In 2021 and 2022, according to the Federal Election Commission, about $260,000, too, for Republican candidates.
Across the Bahamas, his multimillion-dollar donations to local charities and the islands’ government prompted local media to report his “tentacles stretching far” across the archipelago.
Fox News’ Brick Dumas, Thomas Catenacci, and Greg Norman contributed to this report.
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