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Peter Thiel's Palantir launches Japanese joint venture with insurer Sompo

Key Points
  • Palantir Technologies has established a joint venture with Japanese insurance holding company Sompo Holdings that will initially focus on health and cybersecurity clients.
  • The joint venture, owned 50-50 by Palantir and Sompo, will service the Japanese government as well as commercial clients, according to the privately held company.
  • Palantir was co-founded by well-known tech investor Peter Thiel.
Peter Thiel, American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager.
Adam Jeffery | CNBC

Silicon Valley data analytics company Palantir Technologies has established a joint venture with Japanese insurance holding company Sompo Holdings that will initially focus on health and cybersecurity clients, Palantir said.

The joint venture, owned 50-50 by Palantir and Sompo, will service the Japanese government as well as commercial clients, according to the privately held company, which was co-founded by well-known tech investor Peter Thiel.

Palantir clients range from global banks to the U.S. government and the Central Intelligence Agency, and it specializes in analyzing large quantities of data. Its technology has been used in areas including aiding the U.S. search for Osama bin Laden, according to media reports.

Palantir will be close to or just profitable this year and profitable next year, Thiel said on Monday, adding he wants to keep the company private for as long as possible.

Founded in 2004, Palantir currently has 2,500 employees. The U.S. firm has raised roughly $2.75 billion from investors to date, according to data provider PitchBook.

Sources told Reuters in September that Palantir has held talks over a potential investment from SoftBank.

When asked about Masayoshi Son's SoftBank, Thiel praised the Japanese group's earlier investments but said it had been "a little bit too aggressive in the last few years."

SoftBank reported its first quarterly operating loss in 14 years this month as the value of its investments fell.

"It's incredibly hard to get this balance right between growth and unit economics," said Thiel, who is known for his tech investing credentials as a co-founder of PayPal and Facebook's first major investor.

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