Did American Peter Thiel ‘buy’ NZ citizenship?

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Peter Thiel’s Middle Earth Citizenship Dream Revealed

Silicon Valley tech pioneer, Donald Trump advocate, and newish New Zealander Peter Thiel has generated international headlines for the revelation that he was granted New Zealand citizenship in 2011. Thiel first visited New Zealand – and fell in love with the country – in the late 1990s on a summer visit when he was a B.A and J.D. student at California’s Ivy League Stanford University.

Under the New Zealand Official Information Act, a 142 page dossier of documents related to Thiel’s citizenship application were released and published by several major international media titles. The documents note that while Thiel did not meet the “presence” requirement, he was greenlighted because of his exceptional entrepreneurial qualities and access to international capital networks that would assist New Zealand technology companies.

Thiel is a cornerstone investor in the cloud-based…

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