Caroline Ellison was the CEO of Alameda Research, a trading firm launched by Sam Bankman-Fried. 
She oversaw many of the risky bets Alameda took with FTX customers’ crypto tokens. 
Here is her background story. 

Over the past few weeks, a mushroom of secrets about the inner workings of Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto exchange, FTX, have come to light. 

From that, the once shadowy figure of Caroline Ellison has emerged as an important character behind FTX’s seeming success and surprising downfall.

Ellison was the head of Alameda Research — the trading firm through which Bankman-Fried moved crypto tokens in tandem with running FTX.  Amidst the revelation that FTX borrowed money from customer accounts to fund bets via Alameda, Ellison has become a subject of online speculation. 

Ellison’s virtual presence, however, is dwindling by the day. Her LinkedIn, online photos, and contact information have largely disappeared over the past couple of weeks. That’s left journalists, investors, and voyeurs of all types scrambling to find information about her.

The curiosity has only heightened since CoinDesk reported via anonymous sources that she was in an on-and-off relationship with SBF.

Right now, the most reliable information about Ellison has been sourced from her Tumblr account, and the handful of media interviews she’s given over the years. The bones of her virtual self suggest that Ellison is extraordinarily bright and highly educated as well as a math whiz and a big reader. She speculates often about gender roles and shifts in culture and society on Tumblr. 

Here’s what we know about Caroline Ellison. 

Ellison grew up in the suburbs of Boston.Skyline of Boston, Massachusetts.

Source: Forbes

Her father, Glenn Ellison, is the department head of economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He once reported directly to Gary Gensler, the current chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ellison’s mother Sara Fisher Ellison, is a senior lecturer in economics at MIT. “We definitely got exposed to a lot of economics,” Ellison once told Forbes in an interview.

Source: Cryptoslate and Forbes

When she was eight years old, Ellison reportedly wrote her father an economics paper analyzing stuffed animal prices at Toys ‘R’ Us.

Source: Forbes

Ellison, who attended Newton North High School, had a special aptitude for mathematics. She would flex her skills in competitions like the Math Prize for Girls, which bills itself as “the largest math prize for girls in the world.”

Source:: Business Insider


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