MEET ROBERT MERCER, THE MYSTERIOUS BILLIONAIRE BENEFACTOR OF BREITBART
Updated | Robert Mercer seemed uncomfortable. It was 2014, and the billionaire had just stepped behind the podium to accept a lifetime achievement award at the annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics.
Dressed in a suit and tie, he warned his audience that speaking to them for the required hour or so was “more than I typically talk in a month” and that he was no longer in their field of work. “I left IBM Research 20 years ago, and I really have not paid any attention to the world of linguistics or to IBM since then.
And I can’t really talk about what I do now.”That might have been OK for the folks inside that grand ballroom at a Baltimore hotel, but what he does now is of vital interest to the rest of America, because he is the mysterious billionaire who wrote the checks that got Donald Trump elected president. Mercer was reportedly the third biggest donor to conservative outside-spending groups this election cycle, behind casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and hedge fund manager Paul Singer, and The Washington Post named him one of the “top 10 most influential billionaires in politics,” alongside Rupert Murdoch, the Koch brothers and President-elect Trump. But unlike those men, Mercer is by all accounts an extremely discreet individual who almost never gives interviews (his representatives would not put him in touch with Newsweek). As he once told The Wall Street Journal, “I’m happy going through my life without saying anything to anybody.”
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