Following the arrest of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, investigators want to know how involved his parents Joe Bankman and Barbara Fried were in his cryptocurrency scheme. Published reports have focused upon Joe Bankman’s role as a legal advisor as well as a driving force behind the philanthropic efforts of the FTX Foundation. These reports claim Barbara Fried had little to no involvement in FTX.
However, pictures of the March 2022 FTX Hackathon and Crypto Summit in Miami appear to show Barbara Fried had a front row seat for the festivities.
As REDBROWARD previously reported, the FTX Hackathon was organized by Joe Bankman and his sister Barbara Miller, a Broward Democrat political lobbyist. One of Miller’s clients, Broward School Board Member Debbie Hixon, was paid to help enroll students from Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. While Joe Bankman and Debbie Hixom were centerstage at the event, Barbara Miller was relegated to a behind the scenes role.
Photos and video of the event appear show Barbara Fried sitting in the front row of the audience alongside her brother-in-law James Fox Miller. While the photos are not proof of involvement in FTX business decisions, it shows Barbara Fried did leave her Stanford, California home to partake in the FTX lifestyle with her family.