Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly received a record £1 million ($1.2 million) donation from a Thailand-based cryptocurrency investor and shareholder in parent company Bitifinex/Tether.
Friday updated Register of Interests reveals how Christopher Harborne made the record donation to Boris Johnson LTD, the former Prime Minister’s political office which funds his activities.
The register also reveals how Johnson earned over a quarter of a million pounds from blockchain firm ParallelChain Lab for a talk he gave. Singapore.
In 2021, Protos reported how Harborne, using his alter ego, Chakrit Sakunkritowned shares of Digifinex (parent company of Bitfinex and Tethers) between 2017 and 2018. In 2019, Harborne began helping fund pro-Brexit campaigns and has would have donated £15 million ($18.3 million) to the Conservative Party of UK, the Brexit Party and Reform UK.
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Harborne has previously been involved in several blockchain and crypto-focused groups, including:
- Digital Currencies Governance Group (DCGG), a collection of UK crypto advocates that listed Harborne as a lobbyist in its first six months.
- The INSEAD Blockchain Research Fund, a blockchain initiative funded by Harborne and created by his former university. INSEAD is also a listing partner of DCGG.
- Seamico Securities, a financial services company. Harborne is listed by Bloomberg under his Thai identity as a former board member. Four years ago, Seamico made plans to symbolize the real estate sector.
- Singular AI Consulting Limited, a technology company (dissolved from October 2022) co-founded by Harborne and Genesis co-founder and CEO, Marco Andreas Streng.
Johnson resigned in July 2022 after a series of scandals.