Thiel's hedge fund Clarium Capital


In addition to start-up investments, Peter Thiel has a second mainstay: Shortly after selling PayPal, Thiel launched his hedge fund Clarium Capital. In the first few years, it even won awards for its excellent performance. But then the financial crisis hit. Although Thiel correctly identified the oil shortage before the crisis hit and this circumstance initially brought the fund a profit of more than 50 percent, the financial crisis almost completely destroyed the fund's performance and many traders capital in as it progressed. This was because the price of oil plummeted along with the crisis - a scenario that Thiel had simply underestimated. As a result, the fund lost a total of 90 percent of its value.

Thinking many moves ahead

Thiel's success may have its roots in his youth. As a teenager, he was already considered one of the best chess players in his age group in the USA. Today, he still transfers this way of thinking to business and is therefore able to assess the developments of young companies. He always tries out his own ideas without fear of losing money. Peter Thiel has a weakness for controversial ideas. His focus when investing: He wants to give innovations a chance.

Thiel's investment philosophy: about truths and agreement

"For which important truth do you find little agreement among others?" - this is the question Peter Thiel asks himself when he has to decide on an investment. The motto can be well explained using Facebook as an example. After all, founder Marc Zuckerberg relied on the fact that people do not use a pseudonym with Facebook - in contrast to what has been customary on the Internet up to now. His thesis: people want to reveal their true identity and present themselves. The current selfie craze and hypes like the Ice Bucket Challenge are probably strong evidence of this. But Peter Thiel also believed in this truth far before this evidence.  

And his intuition is confirmed again and again. Just recently, Peter Thiel was able to record another success. And he did so with the Big Data company "Palantir Technologies", which he co-founded and which, according to its own statement, offers products that support the "human-driven analysis" of large volumes of data in major industries, including the financial market, insurance, pharmaceuticals, defense, etc. The company collected investor funds amounting to nine billion US dollars. Peter Thiel holds the most shares with twelve percent - worth over one billion US dollars.
In addition to his activities as an investor and founder, Peter Thiel is also active in cultural and scientific missions. He lectures at his former university and supports interest groups. He is a fascinating entrepreneur who will continue to have a significant impact on the business of the Internet scene for years to come.


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Of course, you can't acquire such a comprehensive understanding of the Internet industry in a very short time as Peter Thiel has. But you can learn from him: If you have the courage to bet on companies that recognize latent needs and turn them into real needs, you may be able to profit from the success of your investment - provided you are willing to take a large portion of risk.

The most important points at a glance:

    Peter Thiel made his first big money by selling PayPal in 2002.
    He believed in Facebook's success early on and was one of the first business angels for Marc Zuckerberg.
    Together with his former PayPal partners, Thiel founded Founders Fund in 2005 and continued to specialize in investing in forward-looking Internet companies.
    Even as a teenager, Thiel was a true strategist and was considered one of the best chess players in the US.
    His secret to investing: He believes in truths that are not yet even apparent to others.