publication date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (part of Fall 2016)
clue: The money that he got through PayPal helped a wrestler defeat an online tabloid, and helped a real-estate mogul win the White House.
explanation: Thiel, billionaire founder of PayPal, made news in 2016 for funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker and for large donations to Donald Trump's presidential campaign. more…
intended difficulty: medium
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Matthew Preston, Joanna Woods, Lori Lancaster, and Jesse King