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Peter Thiel. Photo: Michael Cohen/Getty Images for the New York Times

Peter Thiel is involved in a new SPAC that on Wednesday filed for a $575 million IPO, becoming the latest Silicon Valley tech investor to ride Wall Street's hottest wave.

Why it matters: Thiel, who co-founded PayPal, is one of the few top Silicon Valley investors who have close ties to the Trump administration. He also sits on the board of Facebook.

The SPAC is called Bridgetown Holdings, and it will seek to buy a tech, financial services or media company in Southeast Asia.

  • Thiel Capital is one of its sponsors, alongside Pacific Century and Pine Bridge Investments.
  • Matt Danzeisen, Thiel's husband and head of private investments at Thiel Capital, is the SPAC's chairman. Its CEO is Pacific Century executive Daniel Wong, while Sam Altman (CEO of OpenAI, former president of Y Combinator) is on the board.

Go deeper: Reid Hoffman, another PayPal alum, joined today's Axios Re:Cap podcast to discuss why so many tech investors have created SPACs:

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What to know about the private equity firm linked to Tony Blinken

Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Expect to begin hearing a lot about private equity firm Pine Island Capital Partners, as its partners include Tony Blinken (Biden's secretary of state nominee, now on leave from Pine Island) and Michèle Flournoy (Biden's possible defense secretary nominee).

What to know: Pine Island was formed in 2018 by former CIT Group and Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain, former Goldman Sachs buyout big Phil Cooper, and ex-Coca-Cola executive Clyde Tuggle. It focuses on mid-market companies in a variety of sectors, including aerospace and defense.

Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot on live television

President Biden received a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine booster shot on live television on Monday, while also urging Americans to get vaccinated.

Driving the news: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week recommended Pfizer booster shots for millions of people, including those 65 years and older and individuals at high-risk of severe COVID-19.

John Hinckley, who shot Reagan, wins unconditional release

John Hinckley Jr. sitting on the back seat of a car in 1981. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images

A federal judge on Monday approved the unconditional release of John Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate former President Reagan in 1981.

State of play: U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman in Washington ruled that Hinckley can be freed from all court supervision in 2022 if he remains mentally stable and continues to follow rules that were imposed on him after he was released from a Washington mental health facility in 2016 to live in Virginia, AP reports.