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Peter Thiel

Thiel co-founded PayPal and was chairman and CEO until it was acquired by eBay in 2002. He is a partner at the venture capital firm Founders Fund and was Facebook’s first outside investor, pouring nearly $500,000 into the company – about 10 percent of Facebook’s worth at that time. Today, his investment is worth an estimated $1.2 billion.Along with Facebook, Thiel was instrumental in funding companies such as YouTube and LinkedIn.

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