Peter A. Thiel
Peter A. Thiel "is a hedge fund manager, venture capitalist, and major political donor who generally supports libertarian or small-government causes. Thiel is a Research Fellow and Member of the Board of Directors at the Independent Institute. He is Founder and Managing Member of Clarium Capital Management, LLC, and Founder and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PayPal, Inc. Past president of Thiel Capital International and chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Confinity, Inc., Mr. Thiel has worked as a derivatives trader at Credit Suisse Financial Products, a securities lawyer for Sullivan & Cromwell, speechwriter for former Education Secretary William J. Bennett, and a law clerk for Judge Larry Edmondson of the U. S. Court of Appeals. Thiel is also on the board of directors for the Pacific Research Institute  He is currently worth $1.5 billion. 
Influencing the 2012 Election
During the 2012 election cycle, Thiel was a major supporter of Club for Growth's SuperPAC, Club for Growth Action. Thiel gave the group $2 million in two donations in the summer of 2012. Thiel was also the primary donor to Endorse Liberty was a major supporter of Ron Paul in the 2012 election cycle. Theil gave the group a total of $2.5 million in various donations from 2011 and 2012. 
Education and Political Involvment
"Mr. Thiel graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, where he received an A.B. in philosophy and a J.D. from the Stanford University School of Law. He was also the founding editor of The Stanford Review, and president of the Stanford Federalist Society.
"Mr. Thiel is also co-author (with David Sacks) of the Independent Institute book, The Diversity Myth: Multiculturalism and Political Intolerance on Campus, and his articles have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Stanford Magazine, National Review, Policy Review, Rocky Mountain News, Academic Questions, Washington Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. He has appeared on such television programs as Kudlow and Cramer (CNBC), Your World (Fox News), Firing Line (PBS), Debates Debates (PBS), Washington Journal (C-SPAN), and Bay-TV Prime (San Francisco)." 
Resources and articles
- ↑ Board of Directors, Accessed October 8th, 2012
- ↑ Forbes 400: Peter Thiel, Accessed October 8th, 2012
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org: Donor Detail for Peter Thiel, Accessed October 8th, 2012
- ↑ Peter A. Thiel, Independent Institute, accessed July 31, 2007.