The Times, 

Before he pledged to give away his entire estimated $1 billion fortune, before he was hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as the “first cult leader” of the cryptocurrency world, before his former business partner became the most powerful adviser in the White House and only slightly after he got married at Burning Man in a unicorn-themed wedding with a whip-cracking best woman at his side, the child actor turned video-game tycoon turned technology visionary Brock Pierce very nearly died for no good reason at all.

“I drowned at sunrise on my 36th birthday in Miami,” he says, fixing me with an intent look and a confident smile. “I was gone for eight and a half minutes, which is as long as you can go before…