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Thiel adds another high profile employee to his family office

Investment guru Peter Thiel has recruited another high profile individual to his family office as the tech investor continues to drive forward with his investment ambitions. 

Former Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, pictured above, will work for Thiel Capital as a global strategist and is expected to advise Thiel on matters related to Europe. Kurz quit the chancellorship last October after his approval ratings in Austria fell steeply in the light of corruption allegations – all of which he denies. 

Thiel likes his high profile senior managers at his family office. Other notable employees of Thiel Capital, which is based in Los Angeles, include chief operating officer Blake Masters and managing director, Eric Weinstein. 

Masters met Thiel while they were at Stanford University and they co-authored the business book and New York Times bestseller: Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future. Masters, a Republican and supporter of Donald Trump, has since announced his intention to seek a US Senate seat for Arizona in 2022. 

But arguably Thiel’s highest-profile manager is Weinstein, who has more than 600,000 Twitter followers, and tweets on a wide range of topics. He has been attributed to coining the phrase “intellectual dark web”- which is a group of commentators including himself that are opposed to the dominance of identity politics, political correctness, and cancel culture. 

Thiel, who gained his investment and entrepreneurial reputation through co-founding PayPal and subsequently being the first outside investor in Facebook, has established a reputation as having a knack at backing winners. 

The German-born investor is the senior partner at San Francisco venture group Founders Fund, which has backed some of the tech sector’s biggest success stories, including SpaceX, Stripe, Airbnb, Facebook, and Spotify. He has also invests in a host of successful companies through Austin-based Mithril Capital Management and New York City-based Valar Ventures

And last year Thiel Capital made more than 15 rounds of venture investing, making it one of the most active family offices in the sector. 

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