PETER THIEL is no stranger to the limelight. He is arguably the world’s most successful technology investor, as a co-founder of PayPal, the first outside investor in Facebook and the eminence behind a dozen or so Silicon Valley startups. The self-proclaimed libertarian has used his fortune to fund a wide variety of idiosyncratic causes such as establishing private islands outside government control, paying young people to start firms instead of going to university and waging war on death. Mr Thiel is lampooned in HBO’s “Silicon Valley”, a brilliantly observed television-comedy series, and portrayed briefly in “The Social Network”, a film about Mark Zuckerberg.
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