Already a member? Log In

The Odd Couple: S.B.F., The Mooch, & a Crypto Love Story

the mooch & SBF
Anthony Scaramucci and Sam Bankman-Fried. Photo courtesy of SALT.
William D. Cohan
September 21, 2022

Earlier this year, Anthony Scaramucci (aka The Mooch) and his wife, Deidre Ball, booked a four day Disney cruise in the Bahamas. One of the ports of call was Nassau, the Bahamian capital and the corporate home of FTX, the privately held, and increasingly powerful, cryptocurrency exchange founded and run by Sam Bankman-Fried (aka S.B.F.). Amid the latest crypto winter, S.B.F. has been acting like a mini-J.P. Morgan, circa 1907, offering rescue financing to desperate crypto companies, including BlockFi and Voyager. 

When The Mooch got to Nassau, he called up S.B.F., whom he had gotten to know over the years from his participation in The Mooch’s respected SALT conference, where I have served as a paid interviewer, and as The Mooch pivoted more heavily into crypto. “You’re the only one standing between me and eight hours at the waterpark,” The Mooch told S.B.F. “You’ve got to come over and have lunch with me.”