Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen’s investment in FTX at risk following collapse
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen's investment in FTX may be at considerable risk following the exchange's collapse.
Following the recent developments leading to Binance’s planned buyout of FTX and later backtracking on the deal, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s 2021 investment in FTX is at risk as the exchange faces insolvency, CoinDesk reported.
In June 2021, Bloomberg News reported that Brady and Bündchen took an equity stake in FTX as part of a long-term partnership.
The deal gave Brady an ambassador role for FTX and Bündchen the role of Environmental and Social Initiatives Advisor. The equity stake and financial terms were not disclosed.
Brady and Bündchen have a combined net worth of about $650 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
The fall of FTX
Speculation and concerns about the solvency of FTX mounted as Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” revealed that Binance was liquidating all remaining FTT tokens on its books. CZ said Binance would liquidate FTT gradually and described the move as post-exit risk management, citing lessons learned from Terra Luna’s collapse.
FTX exchange’s CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried “SBF” confirmed rumors that FTX was struggling to clear its withdrawal backlog, which contradicts his Monday tweet that “FTX is fine. Assets are fine.” A halt in all non-fiat customer withdrawals ensued, shedding light on the company’s deteriorating condition.
Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance, later tweeted that FTX approached the exchange for help as it was struggling with liquidity. CZ said that Binance signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire the company in the coming days.
Late on Nov. 9, Binance announced that it will not pursue its option to purchase FTX following due diligence revealing mishandling of customers’ funds and reports that a US agency was investigating the exchange.
The near-collapse of FTX also saw SBF’s net worth, originally estimated to be $ 15.2 million prior to GTX’s collapse, fall by nearly 94% to $99.15 million as his assets are linked to about half of the beleaguered FTX and a share of its FTT tokens. He also lost his billionaire status overnight in the wake of the event.