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Billionaire's revenge: Facebook investor Peter Thiel’s nine-year Gawker grudge

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Yet by publicly outing him as gay in 2007, Gawker founder Nick Denton shattered the privacy of Thiel s fiercely guarded personal life and techno-libertarian vision.

With the story in the public domain for 24 hours, his aides have neither confirmed nor denied the assertion, first reported by Forbes.

The episode marks the latest unexpected twist in Thiel s political efforts, which are both representative of and at odds with Silicon Valley s broader political awakening; people close to the billionaire describe his worldview as a mix of extreme laissez-faire and mainstream Republicanism.

Thiel has backed a variety of causes, from Ron Paul s and Trump s presidential bids, to government-less forms of currency such as bitcoin and 3D-printed gun startups.

Thiel was one of 13 men, including Tesla s CEO, Elon Musk, who founded the digital payments company PayPal in 1998.

A few years ago Thiel told associates that he saw promise in young entrepreneur Cody Wilson, a self-described antiestablishment techie working on a project to make bitcoin untraceable for authorities.

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