The Paypal Mafia

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Members of the PayPal Mafia on Fortune magazine dressed in Mafia-style clothing, to simulate a The Sopranos like picture. From left to right, top to bottom: Jawed Karim, Jeremy Stoppelman, Andrew McCormack, Premal Shah, Luke Nosek, Ken Howery, David O. Sacks, Peter Thiel, Keith Rabois, Reid Hoffman, Max Levchin, Roelof Botha, Russel Simmons. Elon Musk was not on the original picture, due to a scheduling conflict, and was later individually photographed for this.
HeadquartersStanford University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Illinois
TypeDeep state faction
InterestsTwitter, Intelligence agencies, mass surveillance
Membership• Peter Thiel
• Max Levchin
• Elon Musk
• David O. Sacks
• Scott Banister
• Roelof Botha
• Steve Chen
• Reid Hoffman
• Ken Howery
• Chad Hurley
• Eric M. Jackson
• Jawed Karim
• Jared Kopf
• Dave McClure
• Andrew McCormack
• Luke Nosek
• Keith Rabois
• Jack Selby
• Premal Shah
• Russel Simmons
• Jeremy Stoppelman
• Yishan Wong
IF you thought the consolidation of media wasn't bad enough, most big tech companies started in the 2000s are mostly owned by the same group of friends. And, connected to Intelligence services, the WEF and Bilderberg as well.

The PayPal Mafia is a suspected deep state faction of former PayPal employees and founders who have since founded and massively helped new tech companies achieve leading market shares. The members all met at Stanford University or University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign at some point in their adolescence and some even dropped out and started companies together during the Internet bubble of the 1990s. Some became WEF members, or Bilderberg members, and Peter Thiel, nicknamed The Don of the group even became head of the Bilderberg Steering Committee.


The Incredible Story of The PayPal Mafia, NeoScribe, June 2018

According to a book The Founders: The Story of Paypal and the Entrepreneurs Who Shaped Silicon Valley[1] PayPal was purchased by eBay in 2002 and the original PayPal employees had difficulty adjusting to eBay's more traditional corporate culture and within four years all but 12 of the first 50 employees had left.

A number of them worked together to form new companies and venture firms in subsequent years promising to keep supporting each-other politicly[2]. This group of PayPal alumni became so prolific that the term PayPal Mafia was coined, after which Fortune published the The Soprano's like picture and coined the term.

The group started to invest small and very large sums in big tech companies in small markets that all seized market share. Some companies, such as Palentir, soon received CIA funding.[3][4] The group was noted to be one of the few to survive the bubble of the 1990s.[5]


As the consolidation of corporate media has shown, when the same group of people all become the main investors or investors of companies having a leading market share in big markets (like the media), the persons running them become mightier than governments and start to act like a hostile government itself, against ethical interests of the public.

Examples of companies started or developed by the members

A list by Wikipedia as seen on May the 5th of 2022.

Tesla, LinkedIn, Palantir Technologies, SpaceX, Affirm, Slide, Kiva, YouTube, Yelp, and Yammer.[6]


One of their key methods in growing their companies is the Hidden Revenue Model. Although promoting their business as free, its source of revenue is through user monetization via adverts. Another key method is platformization, or a Multi-Sided Platform Model, like implemented by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, and investors from the PayPal Mafia, like Peter Thiel and Keith Rabois. Many of the clan adopted this business model that serves as “invisible middlemen” in interactions among buyers and sellers, allowing more data of the users on these sites to be sold to companies harming privacy.[7]

World Economic Forum

Several members were made Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, even though they didn't finish their BA or masters degree. Peter Thiel even became a Bilderberg Steering Committee member.


The owners seem to all follow the same patterns; working with intelligence agencies after massively growing their companies to a market share. Reddit (experienced a massive growth with illegal or controversial content such as creating a subforum for sexually discussing underage children during the early 2010s under CEO Yishan Wong's reign[8]) Facebook (Invested by Peter Thiel) & Youtube (Founded by Chad Hurley & Steve Chan) and their history is a perfect example for this group. Ken Howery was made U.S Ambassador to Sweden in 2019. Elon Musk acquired Twitter in 2022.

Space X

Space X was founded with the help of Mike Griffin, who worked for CIA's venture capital arm and was later appointed as NASA administrator by George W. Bush.[9][10]


Following the 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine, Musk, in March, tweeted that he was deploying Starlink, his company SpaceX’s satellite internet venture, to help keep Ukraine online. Starlink promises high-speed internet to remote locations where access is anywhere from unreliable to entirely unavailable. Starlink's receivers have been set up on hospitals, energy plants and companies, and more.[11] Musk was ostracized by The Washington Post as falsely claiming he, as a gesture, paid for Starlink deployment himself. The Biden Administration actually paid for the deployment. The United States Agency for International Development or USAID (called the CIA's little sister and completely filled with their officers by former director John Gilligan[12]) omitted this after earlier publication from their report.[13][14]


Peter Thiel has attended all subsequent Bilderberg meetings (since 2012, with together with co-founder of Palantir, Alex Karp), being one of the 181 since 1956 to become a Steering Committee-member.


Thiel founded Palantir with Alex Karp and Joe Lonsdale in 2004, a company which at least by 2008 was collaborating with GCHQ & the NSA[15].


LinkedIn - founded by Reid Hoffman - has been accused of poor privacy and security standards, silently programming their mobile apps to reroute[16] all the emails of their users mobile devices through their own private LinkedIn servers, for undisclosed purposes[17][18]. Given that LinkedIn has been the target of a dozens of hacks, by multiple intelligence agencies, a choice that seemed not logical.


How Palantir And Its Data-Mining Empire Became So Controversial, CNBC, September 2020

Palantir worked with Cambridge Analytica, who was implicated in using big data of Facebook to instigate coups worldwide and influence elections.[19] Palantir has been contracted by the CIA for aiding ICE & the NSA creating illegal hacking software such as XKeyscore, an NSA hacking tool that was disclosed by Edward Snowden[20], and the CDC (for AI-predicting software and help with Operation Warp Speed).


Related Quotation

Elon Musk“Despite having perhaps the greatest entrepreneurial streak of all the PayPal Mafia, Musk was purged from PayPal like some kind of toxin. Soon after the merger, Thiel resigned.

Musk became CEO of the combined company and decided it was time for a technological overhaul. Specifically, he wanted to toss out Unix and put everything on a Microsoft (MSFT) platform.

That may sound innocent enough to laypeople but not to Unix zealots like Levchin and his team. A holy war ensued. Musk lost. The board fired him and brought back Thiel while Musk was on a flight to Australia for his first vacation in years. “That’s the problem with vacations,” Musk deadpans.

Musk still contends he didn’t deserve his fate, that his biggest flaw was being cut from different cloth. “Peter, Max, and I are not directly aligned philosophically,” he says. “Peter’s philosophy is pretty odd. It’s not normal. He’s a contrarian from an investing standpoint and thinks a lot about the singularity. I’m much less excited about that. I’m pro-human.””
Elon Musk


Known Participants

5 of the 22 of the participants already have pages here:

Reid HoffmanVenture capitalist, CEO of LinkedIn
Ken HoweryPaypal Mafia billionaire, Young Global Leaders/2012, turned US diplomat
Max LevchinFounded Paypal with Peter Thiel in 1998.
Elon MuskUS businessman, Paypal Mafia underboss, big tech kingpin, WEF YGL billionaire
Peter ThielBillion financier, Bilderberger