FTX was founded in 2019 by Sam Bankman-Fried. Based in the Bahamas, the crypto exchange allowed users to trade cryptocurrency. With a surge in interest in crypto, the company rapidly grew to earn more than $388 million in net income in 2021. Before FTX’s downfall, many referred to Bankman-Fried as the J.P. Morgan of the crypto world. The founder would cut deals and buy out rivals, growing his personal net worth to billions of dollars. This all changed on November 11th when the FTX Group once worth 32 billion dollars filed for bankruptcy, forcing him to step down as CEO.