Peter Thiel Drops Out of SXSW Panel

Peter Thiel
David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal Inc., speaks during a Bloomberg Studio 1.0 Interview in San Francisco on Aug. 25, 2014. 

The tech billionaire, who spoke during the 2016 Republican National Convention, was scheduled to appear at the Austin, Texas, conference on March 10.

Peter Thiel has dropped out of a SXSW festival panel in which he apparently would have discussed funding the lawsuit that ultimately put Gawker Media out of business, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. It is not immediately clear why Thiel canceled. 

The tech billionaire, who spoke during the 2016 Republican National Convention, was scheduled to appear at the Austin, Texas, conference on March 10. He was set to be interviewed onstage by Trust Me, I'm Lying author Ryan Holiday about privacy.

Thiel, the PayPal co-founder, made headlines in 2016 after it was revealed he backed Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker over a sex tape, which ultimately sent the company into bankruptcy.

Mother! director Darren Aronofsky, author Ta-Nehisi Coates and Moonlight helmer Barry Jenkins are among the 2018 event's keynote speakers.

This article originally appeared on

Festivals 2018


The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.