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S.B.F.’s Jack and Jackie

Former FTX executive Ryan Salame and his girlfriend, crypto lobbyist Michelle Bond. Photo: James Carbone/Newsday RM via Getty Images

In the dowdy orbit of vegans, effective-altruists and sub-millionaire postgrads that encircled Sam Bankman-Fried, the power couple of FTX executive Ryan Salame and crypto lobbyist Michelle Bond stood out considerably. Tall, dark and handsome, Salame loved to party, to flirt, and he had a taste for the finer things—private jets, an expensive wardrobe heavy on linens and loafers, an idiosyncratic portfolio of Berkshires restaurants and real estate—that would make Larry Ellison smirk. “On a totally different planet from everyone else,” said someone who worked with him at FTX, where Salame was once the co-C.E.O. of an FTX subsidiary. His girlfriend, fifteen years his senior, was a Donald Trump Jr.-endorsed Republican congressional candidate who ran a FTX-backed trade group and consulted for FTX on a $200,000-a-year deal. Jack-and-Jackie this was not quite. But the pair, in the halcyon days of, oh, twelve months ago, must have felt on top of the world, and S.B.F. was happy to have them in his employ.