Shark Tank star and investor Kevin O’Leary known in some circles as Mr. Wonderful has claimed he has all but lost the $15 million FTX paid him to be its, official spokesperson.
Speaking at CNBC’s Squawk Box on 8th December , O’Leary outlined that after taxes, agents fees, a $1 equity investment into FTX, and buying a whole lot of crypto that’s now stuck on the FTX exchange, he is got nothing left to show for his time with FTX.
He added it was not a good investment, he doesn’t make good investments all the time, luckily he makes more good ones than bad ones, but that was a bad one.
He will probably be just fine without the funds, however, as the 68-year-old is estimated to have a net worth of around $400 million if such estimates are anything to go by.
Mr. Wonderful was also questioned on what initially drove him to jump on the FTX bandwagon back in August 2021, given that he previously indicated that he held back from crypto in its early days due to his rigorous compliance standards. He essentially fessed up to making a massive error, nothing he knows about all the institutional investors in that deal, they all look like idiots, let’s put that on the table.
He added that they relied on each other’s due diligence but they also relied on another investment theme that he felt drove a lot of interest in FTX. Sam Bankman-Fried is an American, his parents are American compliance lawyers. There were no other American large exchanges to invest in if he wanted to invest in infrastructure plays.
Kevin O’Leary reiterated that he is currently working to find out where his capital on FTX went and how he can get that back. He also added that he has “agreed” to testify at the upcoming Senate Committee hearing set for 14th December.