The Herald reports:
Controversial American billionaire, Trump donor and venture capitalist Peter Thiel has taken New Zealand citizenship and quietly acquired a Wanaka lakefront estate.
Property records show that Thiel’s New Zealand-registered company Second Star bought a 193ha Glendhu Bay farm in 2015 described as a vacant lifestyle block.
Thiel, who lists San Francisco as his residence in Companies Office records, is Second Star’s sole shareholder. Forbes magazine assessed his net worth recently at US$2.7 billion.
Great to see Thiel become a Kiwi, following on from James Cameron. Thiel co-founded Paypal, and was an original investor in Xero and Facebook. He’s broadly a libertarian.