Fred Thiel

Fred Thiel

Formal First Name
Frederick (Fred)
1960 - present

Fred Thiel is a leading authority on financial technology, digital assets, blockchain, bitcoin, crypto mining, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things. Thiel serves as Chairman and CEO of Thiel Advisors, and Chairman and CEO of Marathon Digital Holdings, a digital asset technology company that mines cryptocurrencies with a focus on the blockchain ecosystem and the generation of digital assets. In addition, he is a member of the Gold Pacific Region’s Young President’s Organization (YPO) and incoming chair to the YPO Technology Network. Thiel is also a recognized expert on venture capital, private equity, semiconductor, data communications, and the digital transformations of companies and industries. He is also a highly regarded value creator and trusted advisor to CEOs and their leadership teams. With over 25 years of operating experience across technology industries, he provides deep mastery and strategic advice on transformational value creation, the process of generating growth, and shareholder value. Previously, he co-founded and served as chairman of Sprocket, a blockchain and cryptocurrency technology and financial services company.

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Academic History



  • As a CEO, Thiel has led companies through rapid growth to IPO, repositioned companies for high-value exits to strategic and financial acquirers, led M&A and roll-up strategies, as well as successfully executed corporate turnarounds and wind downs.
  • He has led multiple successful corporate transformations, resulting in over $1 billion of value creation via exits to public markets as well as financial and strategic acquirers. 
  • He has repeatedly driven rapid growth and generated many hundreds of billions of dollars in shareholder value


  • Thiel is a frequent speaker at conferences and guest lecturer at business schools and universities.
  • He speaks on the topics of innovation, disruption, technology trends, and transformational stakeholder value creation—his proprietary process of generating growth in value for all of the stakeholders in any business
  • He has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.