Mr. Banman: Freed spent most of the Crypto Bahamas moving back and forth from his laptop to the convention stage. One afternoon, as his mother, Barbara Fried, struggled to make ends meet, he tried to catch a glimpse of a blockchain brother wearing a polo shirt and asking Mr. Banman-Fried to write a birthday message for a friend. A few minutes later, he was in the back of the stage shaking hands with Tony Blair and making a small talk about Brexit.
Unlike some crypto conferences, the Bahamas conference was just a party, and it attracted a lot of people. According to party favors, FTX guests are offered by a private jet company. During a bus ride to a beach party, one participant shared his crypt boat – “The only club that is very involved after entering.
In places like Puerto Rico, the arrival of crypto-millionaires seeking tax relief has increased housing prices, angering long-term residents. But the Bahamas political leadership welcomed FTX. Prime Minister Philip Davis, who launched his first conference program, said crypto entrepreneurs are “better than most people on the planet for innovation and change.” Later, in an interview, Mr. Davis stated that he was surprised when Mr. Banman-Fried dressed in his office at a meeting. “We need you here,” Mr Davis recalled.
Mr. Banman: Freed skipped most of the conference, but he did not neglect his hospitality. He had dinner with Mr. Blair and Mr. Clinton, and occasionally did not take selfies. He also gave a lot of time to Skaramucci, chairman of SALT Corporate Organizations, which helped organize the conference.
SBF’s double engagement with Mooch marks the end of Crypto Bahamas. Back to the green room, FTX staff hugged and exchanged five to five. Mr. Bankman: Freed rides on his cell phone. He stretched out his hand and ran through the hair. Then he looked at the clock. The comedy lasted about four minutes. “I have a lot of emails I want to keep track of,” he said.
As hundreds of crypto fans flocked to the airport, the venue was empty. It was calm before he came. To get out of the resort, guests had to walk to the Marx Casino, the largest casino in the Caribbean.