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S.B.F.’s $3 Billion Complexifier

Since his conviction, Sam Bankman-Fried’s multi-hundred-million-dollar bet on Anthropic, the effective altruist-aligned A.I. company, has looked increasingly prescient.
Since his conviction, Sam Bankman-Fried’s multi-hundred-million-dollar bet on Anthropic, the effective altruist-aligned A.I. company, has looked increasingly prescient. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/ Getty Images
Theodore Schleifer
January 2, 2024

In a watershed year for Silicon Valley politics, the overarching theme of 2023 was the backlash to liberalism. It manifested seemingly everywhere, from the fall of Sam Bankman-Fried to the rise of conservative megadonors, like Jan Koum, and conservative influencers, like David Sacks, who are playing for keeps in 2024. Of course, barring some unforeseen blockbuster news event, the presidential election will be the biggest story in the tech money world. And while the primaries seem to be less exciting than we hoped, the general election is actually poised to be much more exciting, given the potential impact of third-party candidates, the legal fracas surrounding Trump, the R.F.K. X-factor, and more.