More FILE - In this Thursday, March 8, 2012, file photo, Clarium Capital President Peter Thiel speaks during his keynote speech at the StartOut LGBT Entrepreneurship Awards in San Francisco.
AP Photo/Ben Margot, File Here's some biographical information on billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, who has been secretly funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media, according to published reports:
BORN: Oct. 11, 1967, in Frankfurt, Germany.
COMPANY CONNECTIONS: Thiel co-founded PayPal in 1998 and was its chairman and CEO.
He has also donated to the campaigns of former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political fundraising and spending.
He's backed other unusual projects, including an effort to try new forms of government on man-made islands that would float outside the territory of current nations.
He's also supported the Human Rights Foundation, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence.