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Scaramucci Backs Former FTX US Exec’s New Crypto Venture: Report

Scaramucci had close links to FTX before the crypto exchange slid into bankruptcy. Now, he’s reportedly backing a former executive.

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Anthony Scaramucci is the founder and managing partner of Skybridge Capital. Image: Shutterstock

Anthony Scaramucci has invested an undisclosed amount of his own funds into a new firm founded by former FTX.US president Brett Harrison.

The unnamed software firm will reportedly offer algorithmic trading services to crypto investors, providing access to both private and public markets, according to sources reported by Bloomberg.

Harrison, as per Bloomberg’s sources, is looking to secure financing for the new firm at a valuation of up to $100 million. 

It’s unclear how well the former FTX exec's fundraising efforts are going more broadly. 

Harrison claimed that his links with FTX have, however, made fundraising for his new firm difficult. He said that his association with the company has led to investors telling him “we can’t take on the PR risk of associating ourselves with FTX, no matter how capable you are or how compelling your idea is.”

SkyBridge Capital, Scaramucci’s New York-based investment firm, had close ties with FTX. 

FTX Ventures, the investment arm of the now-defunct crypto exchange, purchased 30% of SkyBridge in September 2022, injecting $40 million of capital into the firm in the process, which was earmarked to buy cryptocurrencies. 

 

Scaramucci had previously said he believed that FTX would one day become “the Amazon of financial services.”

Decrypt has contacted all the parties involved for comment. 

Brett Harrison and FTX

The former FTX exec’s tenure ended in September 2022, shortly before the firm’s high-profile crash in November 2022. 

Harrison is not the target of any FTX-related legal investigations, insisting that he's not seeking a plea deal, calling the accusations of wrong on his part on social media “frenzied and baseless.”

 

Numerous former FTX executives have sought plea deals, including former Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison and former FTX CTO Gary Wang, who are currently facing formal fraud charges.

Editor's note: This article was updated on January 16, 2023, at 12:00 pm ET to reflect that Harrison has not entered into a plea deal. 

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