Wednesday, 1 October 2014
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Aug 21 2012 | 10:20am ET
Clarium Capital Management founder Peter Thiel wasted no time in selling off most of his remaining Facebook Inc. stake as soon as he was able.
Thiel, who founded PayPal and who was an early investor in Facebook, sold more than 20 million shares of the social-networking site, whose stock price has plummeted since its May 17 initial public offering. But Thiel still did very well for himself, turning a $500,000 investment in 2004 (and part of a $25 million round of fundraising two years later) into more than $1 billion.
Facebook insiders—Thiel serves on its board of directors—have had to watch the value of their shares fall by almost half. The first set of restrictions on sales by insiders expired last week.
Thiel was ready for it: He converted nine million Class B shares into more liquid Class A shares last week to prepare for the sale. He sold those shares and 11 million more for between $19.27 and $20.69 per share, a total of $395.8 million. Thiel sold $640 million worth of shares in Facebook's IPO.
Thiel still owns more than five million Facebook shares.
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
"I tell people that everybody likes good news and so if you have good performance that’s wonderful,” explains Mike McKitish of Peddie School's endowment, “but it’s the people that want to talk about the bad news or where they drifted and how they came back and how they stayed to their discipline…” that he wants to hear from. Read more…
Sep 30 2014 | 9:29am ET
The crisp Autumnal days of October are upon us, and so are a few of the hedge fund industry’s favorite charitable events. If you have never been to Rocktoberfest, well, you are missing out. And for a quieter evening of sipping and socializing, stop by HFC’s Wine Soiree. Read more…
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