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Tech Billionaire Peter Thiel Versus Gawker Media05:59
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PayPal co-founder and former CEO Peter Thiel speaks about his National Review article, "The End of the Future," during a discussion sponsored by e21, a conservative think tank, and the Manhattan Institute at the National Press Club October 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
PayPal co-founder and former CEO Peter Thiel speaks about his National Review article, "The End of the Future," during a discussion sponsored by e21, a conservative think tank, and the Manhattan Institute at the National Press Club October 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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The tech billionaire Peter Thiel told the New York Times that funding a court battle against Gawker Media is "one of my greater philanthropic things that I've done." The Silicon Valley investor has revealed that he paid some $10 million in legal fees for professional wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker.

Thiel has called a Gawker publication "the Silicon Valley equivalent of Al Qaeda," and says driving the company out of business would be a public service. But he's refusing to specify which other legal cases he's funding behind the scenes.

Here & Now's Robin Young talks with NPR's David Folkenflik about what the billionaire's secret battles might mean for media companies.

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This segment aired on May 26, 2016.

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