Today, now that Thiel has sold most of his remaining stake in Facebook, it's a good time to re-examine the math surrounding his investment.
Two years ago, I wrote:
In 2005, Peter Thiel paid $500,000 for a 10% stake in Facebook.As it turns out, this most recent sale came with Facebook's market cap at approximately $50 billion, which means he sold these shares at a price that delivered a 9,000X return. Not too shabby!
Today, with Facebook's estimated value topping $33 billion, his stake is worth between $2-3 billion. That's a 6,000X return on his capital in 5 years.
Of course, Thiel sold nearly as many shares at the IPO price of $38/share, about double today's stock price of $19 and change. That means that the shares he sold in the IPO represented a 17,000X return.
Pretty exciting. Of course, the more exciting Thiel news I saw recently is that the Thiel Foundation has donated money to a company that is trying to make a 3D printer for meat. I can't wait until I can enjoy BBQ without guilt!