37 Facts About Peter Thiel

1. Peter Thiel is the co-founder of Palantir, named for a crystal ball in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

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2. On November 7, 2009, Peter Thiel was awarded an honorary degree from Universidad Francisco Marroquin.

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3. Peter Thiel received a co-producer credit for Thank You for Smoking, a 2005 feature film based on Christopher Buckley's 1994 novel of the same name.

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4. In 2018, Peter Thiel appeared on Reid Hoffman's podcast Masters of Scale, discussing the strategy adopted by PayPal to scale.

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5. On November 30, 2016, Peter Thiel made the ceremonial first move in the first tiebreak game of the World Chess Championship 2016 between Sergey Karjakin and Magnus Carlsen.

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6. Peter Thiel began playing chess at the age of 6, and was at one time one of the strongest junior players in the United States.

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7. Peter Thiel is a self-described Christian and a promoter of Rene Girard's Christian anthropology.

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8. Peter Thiel married his long-time partner Matt Danzeisen in October 2017, in Vienna, Austria.

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9. Peter Thiel is a German citizen by birth and an American citizen by naturalization.

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10. Peter Thiel stated that Gawker articles about others, including his friends, had "ruined people's lives for no reason", and said, "It's less about revenge and more about specific deterrence.

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11. Peter Thiel referred to his financial support of Bollea's case as one of the "greater philanthropic things that I've done.

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12. Peter Thiel stated to The New York Times: "I didn't give him any money for a long time because I didn't think it mattered, and then the campaign asked me to.

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13. On October 15, 2016, Peter Thiel announced a $1.25 million donation in support of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

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14. Peter Thiel initially supported Carly Fiorina campaign during the 2016 GOP presidential primary elections.

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15. At the 2012 Republican National Convention, Peter Thiel held a private meeting with Rand Paul and Ron Paul's presidential delegates to discuss "the future of the Liberty Movement.

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16. In 2010, Peter Thiel supported Meg Whitman in her unsuccessful bid for the governorship of California.

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17. In July 2012, Peter Thiel made a $1 million donation to the Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative 50(4) organization, becoming the group's largest contributor.

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18. In 2009, it was reported that Peter Thiel helped fund college student James O'Keefe's "Taxpayers Clearing House" video—a satirical look at the Wall Street bailout.

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19. In 2012, Peter Thiel donated $10,000 to Minnesotans United for All Families, in order to fight Minnesota Amendment 1.

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20. Peter Thiel is a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group, a private, annual gathering of intellectual figures, political leaders and business executives.

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21. In 2011, Peter Thiel made a NZ$1 million donation to an appeal fund for the casualties of the Christchurch earthquake.

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22. In a 2017 interview with The New York Times, Peter Thiel said seasteads are "not quite feasible from an engineering perspective" and "still very far in the future".

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23. In September 2006, Peter Thiel announced that he would donate $3.5 million to foster anti-aging research through the nonprofit Methuselah Mouse Prize foundation.

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24. In December 2015, it was announced that Peter Thiel was one of the financial backers of OpenAI, a nonprofit company aimed at the safe development of artificial general intelligence.

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25. In 2006, Peter Thiel provided $100,000 of matching funds to back the Singularity Challenge donation drive of the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, a nonprofit organization that promotes the development of artificial intelligence.

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26. In March 2015, it was announced that Peter Thiel joined Y Combinator as one of 10 part-time partners.

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27. In 2005, Peter Thiel created Founders Fund, a San Francisco-based venture capital fund.

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28. Peter Thiel met Parker and Mark Zuckerberg, the Harvard student who had founded Facebook.

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29. In May 2003, Peter Thiel incorporated Palantir Technologies, a big data analysis company named after the Tolkien artifact, and continues to serve as its chairman as of 2018.

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30. In 2004, Peter Thiel spoke of the dot-com bubble having migrated, in effect, into a growing bubble in the financial sector, and specified General Electric and Walmart as vulnerable.

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31. Peter Thiel wanted to create a type of digital wallet in the hopes of ensuring more consumer convenience and security by encrypting data on digital devices, and in 1999 Confinity launched PayPal.

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32. While at Stanford, Peter Thiel met Rene Girard, whose mimetic theory influenced him.

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33. Peter Thiel served as The Stanford Review's first editor-in-chief and remained in that post until he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1989, at which point his friend David O Sacks became the new editor-in-chief.

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34. Peter Thiel excelled in mathematics, and scored first in a California-wide mathematics competition while attending middle school in San Mateo.

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35. Peter Andreas Peter Thiel is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, philanthropist, political activist, and author.

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36. Peter Thiel reiterated his support for Donald Trump on Thursday at a conference.

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37. Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel took the stage at the New York Times DealBook conference today to provide fresh insights on how to navigate the challenges ahead.

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