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Thiel vs. Hoffman: Stanford Takes Toledo

Peter Thiel
PayPal's billionaire co-founder, Peter Thiel. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images
Theodore Schleifer
June 21, 2022

As young undergraduates at Stanford in the late 1980s, Peter Thiel and Reid Hoffman bonded over dorm-room political debates, relishing the back-and-forth so much that they ran for student office together on a joint ticket that promised to tackle the university’s bureaucracy, from the right and the left, respectively. When they left The Farm, the two even took their show on the road, launching a talk show that ran briefly on public-access television in San Francisco before, mercifully, the plug was pulled.