When Peter Thiel announced that he would endorse Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention back in July, he got an earful from his fellow technology moguls.
"His friends have generally begged him not to support Trump," San Francisco journalist Greg Ferenstein told me at the time.
Thiel made his fortune as a co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, so he's well-known across Silicon Valley. And virtually all of his friends and business partners thought he was making a huge mistake. The prominent startup accelerator Y Combinator even came under pressure to sever ties with Thiel over his Trump endorsement.
But Thiel held firm, and to the astonishment of everyone else in Silicon Valley, Trump won. As a result, over the next four years, Thiel will have vastly more influence over American politics than anyone else in the technology world. There are rumors that he may even be tapped to run Trump's transition team.
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