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In October, a foreign national named Mike Fikri purchased a one-way plane ticket from Cairo to Miami, where he rented a condo. Over the previous few weeks, he’d made a number of large withdrawals from a Russian bank account and placed repeated calls to a few people in Syria. More recently, he rented a truck, drove to Orlando, and visited Walt Disney World by himself.
A month ago we reported that Palantir Technologies, the secretive data analytics company, had raised a $68 million round of funding from some unknown investors . Yesterday, Techcrunch reported that the company has closed the round, and that it was in fact $70 million at an impressive $2.5 billion valuation. Yet the mystery remained: Who are Palantir’s new investors?