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Peter Thiel Tightens His Grip on Palantir Ahead of Stock Listing

Sept. 29, 2020, 11:00 AM

Billionaire Peter Thiel was a no-show at the investor day leading up to the direct listing for Palantir Technologies Inc., the data-mining company he founded 17 years ago. And no one from the company will ring the bell at Palantir’s market debut.

Thiel’s absence from the Wall Street pomp belies the outsize influence he’ll continue to wield long after the company goes public. Thiel will have more control over the company than any other individual or investor group, and an unconventional voting structure will award additional power to Thiel and two other co-founders in perpetuity.

Palantir isn’t the first company in Silicon Valley ...