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Peter Thiel

Thiel Capital
President

As a venture capitalist and entrepreneur, Peter Thiel has been involved with some of the most dynamic companies to emerge from Silicon Valley in the past decade. His first start-up was PayPal, which was sold to eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002. Peter then founded Clarium Capital Management, a global macro hedge fund, and helped launch Palantir Technologies, an analytical software company. 

Before launching Founders Fund with his PayPal partners Ken Howery and Luke Nosek, Peter was an active venture capitalist, funding companies like Facebook, where Peter was that company’s first outside investor and director. Peter’s contributions to technology, entrepreneurship, and finance have been widely recognized. The World Economic Forum honored Peter as a Young Global Leader, and BusinessWeek named him one of the 25 most influential people on the Web.

Peter is also involved with a variety of philanthropic, academic, and cultural pursuits. He serves as a primary supporter of the Committee to Protect Journalists, which promotes press freedom worldwide; the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which fosters responsible development of advanced computing technologies; and the SENS Foundation, a medical charity dedicated to extending healthy human lifespans.