The shadow figure behind FTX's collapse
at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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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.
An economics paper analyzing stuffed animal prices at Toys 'R' Us.
ad a special aptitude for mathematics.
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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."
described Ellison to Forbes as "bright, focused, very mathy."
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In 2012, Ellison enrolled at Stanford University, where she studied mathematics.
Ellison began exploring effective altruism in college.
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It's a philosophical movement that uses calculations to understand how people can use their time, money, and resources to best help others.
She eventually joined Stanford's Effective Altruism Club.
There, she met Bankman-Fried
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There, she met Bankman-Fried, and the two supposedly bonded over their interest in effective altruism.
His crypto trading firm called Alameda Research
"This was very much like, 'oh, yeah, we don't really know what we're doing,'" Ellison told Forbes of her initial impressions of Alameda.
Where they lived like college students and fiercely traded crypto.
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Aside from Ellison, the Alameda Research crew included SBF's close friends Nishad Singh, Gary Wang, and Sam Trabucco.
Ellison was the only female on the team. While the others played video games, she'd be watching the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Ellison began taking more responsibility at Alameda Research.
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She and her colleague, Sam Trabucco, were featured in Forbes' 30 Under 30 in 2022.