Peter Thiel

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(venture capitalist, financier)
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Born Peter Andreas Thiel
1967-10-11
Frankfurt am Main, West Germany
Citizenship Germany,  United States,  New Zealand
Alma mater Stanford University, Stanford Law School
Religion Christian
Spouse Matt Danzeisen
Founder of Palantir Technologies
Member of Bilderberg/Steering committee
Interests • Life extension
• Technology
Party Libertarian Party

Peter Thiel is a billionaire member of the Bilderberg Steering Committee whom Sam Biddle described for The Intercept in 2017 as "one of the American political mainstream’s most notorious figures".[1]

Career

He has worked for Sullivan & Cromwell. In 1998 Thiel co-founded PayPal together with Max Levchin. He sold it in 2004. He founded Palantir with Alex Karp and Joe Lonsdale in 2004, a company which at least by 2008 was collaborating with GCHQ.[1]

Citizenship

Born in Germany, he was granted New Zealand citizenship in 2011, after a donation of NZ$1 million ($730,000) to the Christchurch earthquake relief effort, although only having visited 4 times.[2]

Politics

“I believe that it is always important to exchange views with people, no matter what their perspectives are. I think we have a lot of problems in our society and we need to be finding ways to talk to people. We need to find ways to talk to people where not everything is completely transparent. Libertarianism is not synonymous with radical transparency. That’s often an argument that Stasi would make in East Germany, when everything had to be monitored by society. And I think you have the best conversations in smaller groups where not everything is being monitored. That’s how you can have very honest conversations and you can think better about the future.”
Peter Thiel (2016)    —   [3]

Thiel describes himself as a "libertarian", has opposed women's suffrage[4] and has been a huge supporter of Ron Paul.[5] He has invested in online media such as Reddit.

Interests

Thiel has been funding private research into a range of topics, from helping to extend the human lifespan[6] to the harnessing of fusion power.[7]

Activities

Tom Scocca wrote in 2016 about the shuttering of Gawker that "a lie with a billion dollars behind it is stronger than the truth. Peter Thiel has shut down Gawker.com."[8]  

Events Participated in

EventDateLocation(s)
Bilderberg/20085 June 2008 - 8 June 2008Chantilly
Virginia
US
Bilderberg/200914 May 2009 - 17 May 2009Vouliagmeni
Greece
Bilderberg/20103 June 2010 - 6 June 2010Hotel Dolce Sitges
Barcelona
Spain
Bilderberg/20119 June 2011 - 12 June 2011Hotel Suvretta
St. Moritz
Switzerland
Bilderberg/201231 May 2012 - 3 June 2012Chantilly
Virginia
US
Bilderberg/20136 June 2013 - 9 June 2013Watford
UK
Bilderberg/201429 May 2014 - 1 June 2014Copenhagen
Denmark
Mariott Hotel
Bilderberg/201511 June 2015 - 14 June 2015Telfs-Buchen
Austria
Bilderberg/20169 June 2016 - 12 June 2016Germany
Dresden
Bilderberg/20171 June 2017 - 4 June 2017Chantilly
Virginia
US


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