Billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel leaves Meta board – CNET

Billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel leaves Meta board – CNET


Peter Thiel was an early investor in Facebook and has been on the board since 2005.

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Peter Thiel, one of the earliest investors in Facebook, is leaving the company’s board. Thiel will not stand for reelection at the 2022 annual meeting, Meta announced Monday, after serving on the board since 2005.

Thiel, who co-founded PayPal in 1998, will instead “devote his time to other interests,” said Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

“Peter has been a valuable member of our board and I’m deeply grateful for everything he has done for our company — from believing in us when few others would, to teaching me so many lessons about business, economics and the world,” Zuckerberg added in a statement. 

Thiel, who is a Trump supporter and reportedly argued in favor of Facebook allowing politicians to lie in political ads on the social network back in 2019, will focus instead on helping Republican candidates in the midterms this year, according to The New York Times citing an anonymous source. Meta declined to comment further.

“Mark Zuckerberg’s intelligence, energy and conscientiousness are tremendous. His talents will serve Meta well as he leads the company into a new era,” Thiel said in a statement.

Facebook rebranded itself as Meta last year amid its push to become a leader in the metaverse, which is seen by proponents like Zuckerberg as the next stage of the internet.

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