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Peter Thiel

AKA Peter Andreas Thiel

Born: 11-Oct-1967
Birthplace: Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [1]
Occupation: Business
Party Affiliation: Libertarian

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Co-Founder of PayPal

Revealed to have funded a defamation lawsuit by Hulk Hogan against Gawker Media which resulted in a $140M verdict against the publisher.

Money may not have been the main motivation in the first place. Thiel, who is gay, has made no secret of his distaste for Gawker, which attempted to out him in late 2007 before he was open about his sexuality. In 2009, Thiel told PEHub that now-defunct Silicon Valley-focused publication Valleywag, which was owned by Gawker, had the "psychology of a terrorist."

"Valleywag is the Silicon Valley equivalent of Al Qaeda," Thiel said at the time.

Net worth $2.7B (Forbes 2016).

[1] "Peter Thiel is totally gay, people", Owen Thomas, Valleywag, 19 Dec 2007. "There's been a crush of coverage on his $220 million Founders Fund, which may well change the way entrepreneurs get paid in the Valley. We know about his mansion (he rents it -- clever!), his butler, his early-morning jogs. But what no one ever says out loud: Thiel is gay." In a comment responding to the story (20 Dec 2007), Gawker publisher Nick Denton elaborated: "Not such an odd match. Boyfriend is, or was, earlier this year, a guy called Matt, working in finance, in New York. The only thing that's strange about Thiel's sexuality: why on earth was he so paranoid about its discovery for so long? ... He was so paranoid that, when I was looking into the story, a year ago, I got a series of messages relaying the destruction that would rain down on me, and various innocent civilians caught in the crossfire, if a story ever ran."

Father: Klaus Thiel (chemical engineer)
Mother: Susanne
Brother: Patrick

    High School: San Mateo High School, San Mateo, CA (1985)
    Administrator: Student Representative, Board of Trustees, San Mateo Union High School District
    University: BA Philosophy, Stanford University (1989)
    Law School: JD, Stanford Law School (1992)
    Administrator: Board of Visitors, Stanford Law School

    Member of the Board of Palantir Technologies Co-Founder (2004)
    PayPal Co-Founder (1998-)
    Clarium Capital Management, LLC
    Sullivan & Cromwell Securities lawyer
    Credit Suisse Derivatives trader
    US Education Department Speechwriter for Secy. William Bennett
    Law Clerk for US Court of Appeals Judge Larry Edmondson
    Member of the Board of Facebook
    Friendster Investor
    American Foundation for Equal Rights
    Bilderberg Group Steering Committee
    Cantor for Congress
    Committee to Protect Journalists
    Committee to Re-Elect Ron Paul
    DeMint for Senate Committee
    Endorse Liberty
    Every Republican is Crucial PAC
    Facebook Inc. PAC
    Hoover Institution Board of Overseers
    Human Rights Foundation
    The Independent Institute Board of Directors
    John McCain 2008
    Marijuana Policy Project
    Oslo Freedom Forum
    Pacific Research Institute Board of Directors
    Prosperity PAC
    Rand Paul for US Senate 2010
    Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Campaign Committee
    Ryan for Congress
    Seasteading Institute
    SENS Foundation
    Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence Advisory Board (2006-)
    Trump Transition Team Executive Committee
    Trump Victory $250,000 (6-Oct-2016)
    Phi Beta Kappa Society

Author of books:
The Diversity Myth: Multiculturalism and Political Intolerance on Campus (1998, with David O. Sacks)

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