Peter Thiel is an internet oligarch who believes in a stateless world free of regulation or limits on human endeavour.
He made millions on PayPal and billions on Facebook.
He lobbied New Zealand Cabinet ministers and public servants – presenting himself as our exceptional angel of venture capital.
He was secretly granted citizenship but within months of his ‘solemn vow’ appeared to move on.
He has barely seen since and has recently been buying up real estate while selling down his local technology investments.
What remains are his boltholes in Queenstown and questions over whether political pressure played any part in his granting of citizenship.
Thiel declined to be interviewed for this story but issued a brief statement about the saga saying ‘I believe in New Zealand’ and noting that he’s invested $50 million in New Zealand tech companies.
This story is instead based on dozens of interviews and hundreds of pages of documents sourced under the Official Information Act.
This is the story of Citizen Thiel.
Source: Citizen Thiel