Peter Thiel is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. In 1998, Thiel cofounded PayPal, which he sold to eBay in 2002, and founded the global macro fund Clarium. In 2004, he co-founded Palantir Technologies. That same year, he made the first outside investment in Facebook; he currently serves on its board. Thiel co-founded and manages Founders Fund, a leading venture capital fund that has pioneered new methods of venture financing that benefit founders. Through Founders Fund, as well as through private investing, Thiel has aided the growth of companies such as SpaceX, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zynga, RoboteX, Spotify, Practice Fusion, and ZocDoc. In 2012, he co-founded Mithril Capital Management, an international technology investment fund. He also established and funds the Thiel Foundation, which promotes freedom in all its forms. Thiel is the creator of the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship, which nurtures the tech visionaries of tomorrow.
His articles have appeared in Policy Review and the Wall Street Journal. He is also the recipient of the 2010 Innovation Award from The Economist.