Peter Thiel is a billionaire entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Thiel is the Managing Partner of Founders Fund, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has funded companies including SpaceX and Airbnb. In addition, he launched the Thiel Fellowship, which funds young entrepreneurs, and he leads the Thiel Foundation, which works to advance technological progress and long-term thinking. Thiel co-founded Paypal, led it as CEO, and took it public in 2002, defining a new era of fast and secure online commerce. He made the first outside investment in Facebook, where he serves as a Director; and he co-founded Palantir Technologies, where he serves as Chairman, a data-intelligence company that has worked with the U.S. government. He has provided early funding for Yelp, LinkedIn, and dozens of startups. He is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.
Thiel is the Founder and President of Clarium Capital Management, a global macro hedge fund with offices in San Francisco and New York.
He oversees the firm's research, investment, and trading strategies.
Under his leadership, Clarium was recognized as MarHedge Global Macro Fund of the Year (2005) and Absolute Return Global Macro Fund of the Year (2005).
Thiel co-founded and built the largest payments service for individuals and merchants.
He helped enable entirely new systems of electronic payments for individuals and small businesses.