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5. Peter Thiel

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Peter Thiel is a famous American entrepreneur and billionaire, who co-founded PayPal with Max Levchin and Elon Musk, and served as its CEO.

He was the first outside investor in Facebook and is also a Board of Director there. He was a US-rated Chess Master and one of the highest ranked under-21 players in the country.

His last ELO rating stands at 2199 and he boasts of a solid win percentage of 74% in his official games. One of Thiel’s greatest passions is synchronizing the world of chess and business, and in a lecture to students in 2012, he highlighted this.

He has compared various situations relating to starting a company with concepts from the game of chess, which makes it quite a fascinating read. See for yourself here.

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