The co-founder of Facebook’s virtual reality (VR) branch donated $100,000 to President Donald Trump’s inauguration committee in January.
Palmer Luckey, a 24-year-old tech prodigy, also funded Nimble America, a nonprofit infamous for creating anti-Hillary Clinton memes.
Facebook reportedly purchased Luckey’s business, Oculus VR, for $3 billion in March 2014, helping to make him the 22nd richest person in America under the age of 40. Oculus is famous for its Oculus Rift, a VR headset and system aiming to give people surreal and ultra-real like experiences in a digital world. (RELATED: Zuckerberg Might Just Make Russia’s 25-Year-Old Spy Dreams A Reality)
Fresh-faced Luckey used some of his affluence to fund Trump’s official inauguration committee, but did so under a limited liability company called “Wings of Time” with no specific person enlisted in the filing, reports Mother Jones. (Wings of Time is a reference to a Nintendo game called ChronoTrigger, one of Luckey’s favorite games, according to Forbes).
The address listed on the filing was different than California’s official state records for Wings Of Time, which reportedly matches the one Luckey uses for different business ventures.
The news of his monetary contribution is not surprising since he funded Nimble America, which gained criticism for generating oft-provocative content criticizing Clinton. Recode reports that his departure was in part due to the Clinton bashing.
“I’ve got plenty of money. Money is not my issue. I thought it sounded like a real jolly good time,” Luckey told the Daily Beast in September, referencing his funding of Nimble America.
An immigration group led by Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, which is Oculus’ parent company, also donated to the Trump administration, specifically the transition team.
While $100,000 contribution is not nearly as much as the $5 million Sheldon Adelson, an 83-year-old casino magnate, donated, it’s significant because many view Silicon Valley as liberal or left-leaning.
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