Citizen Thiel: NZME investigates how a billionaire turned to New Zealand because of Obama – then dumped us for Trump.
Thiel — now worth $3.7 billion and with deep links to Western intelligence agencies – the Trump administration and the Silicon Valley firms dominating the internet — seemed in 1995 to still be in search of a purpose.
Around this time the Stanford graduate changed jobs from judicial clerk to securities lawyer to derivatives trader.
Three years later he’d find that purpose – co-founding online payment company PayPal to set himself up to make a small fortune that he’d later leverage into a large one.
According to his 2012 book Zero to One his purpose is more than making money and extends to escaping limits of both the human body and social rules.
An interest in lifespan extension (including transfusing blood from the young) – musing whether freedom was compatible with democracy and support for artificial island habitats free from the constraints of traditional government and laws have led critics to caricature him a Bond villain for the internet age.
Source: Citizen Thiel