Anthropic weighs slate of sovereign wealth funds to acquire FTX's $1 billion stake, CNBC reports

FILE PHOTO: Illustration shows Anthropic logo

(Reuters) - Anthropic, backed by Google and, is weighing a slate of sovereign wealth funds to acquire FTX's stake of about $1 billion in the AI startup, CNBC reported on Friday citing sources.

In February, a U.S. judge ruled that bankrupt crypto exchange FTX may sell its shares in Anthropic.

FTX invested $500 million in Anthropic in 2021, and currently holds a 7.84% stake in the company, according to court documents.

The company had sought permission to sell the shares as part of its court-supervised effort to liquidate its assets and repay customers who lost access to their accounts when the company collapsed in 2022.

Anthropic also privately ruled out Saudi Arabia as a potential stakeholder, according to CNBC.

FTX and Anthropic did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for comment.

(Reporting by Ananya Mariam Rajesh in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)