Peter Thiel and living forever: Young blood may be the key

Add this to the list of things to know about Peter Thiel: He wants young blood. Literally.

And we’re not talking about the next batch of Thiel fellows.

Thiel, the tech entrepreneur and investor who co-founded PayPal and Palantir, sits on Facebook’s board and recently spoke at the Republican National Convention in support of Donald Trump, reportedly thinks parabiosis is “really interesting.” Inc. magazine reports that Thiel Capital has expressed interest in a new clinical trial involving transfusion of blood from young people into older people — something Thiel has previously identified as a possible way to fight aging.

Inc. reports that Thiel said last year he hadn’t “quite, quite, quite started yet” with parabiosis, and that a Thiel Capital spokesman said that remains the case.

Thiel also takes human growth hormone because he wants to live to be at least 120, he said in 2014. Reportedly, the 48-year-old once said of different ways of thinking about of death: “You can accept it, you can deny it or you can fight it. I think our society is dominated by people who are into denial or acceptance, and I prefer to fight it.”

Thiel, a billionaire, is one of a handful of tech elites who have put their money into trying to achieve immortality, or at least delay death. Other big names involved in various efforts include Oracle founder Larry Ellison, Google co-founder Larry Page and Singularity University Chairman Peter Diamandis.


Photo: Peter Thiel in 2014. (John Green/Bay Area News Group)


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  • ReginaldConwayIII

    lol he’s gonna live to 120 and spend the last 30 of those years muttering ‘please kill me’

  • Tony Wasserman

    I thought that Ray Kurzweil was the leader of the live-to-120 movement. I read that he takes hundreds of pills everyday toward that goal.