9 Successful People You Never Realized Were Libertarian

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3. Jimmy Wales

The co-founder of Wikipedia, one of the greatest examples of the spontaneous order and bottom-up, horizontal regulation that libertarians prefer, is a self-described libertarian.

In a 2005 interview with Brian Lamb of C-SPAN, Wales was asked about his interest in Ayn Rand and Objectivist philosophy. Wales had been attracted to Rand’s philosophy after readingThe Fountainhead in college but had soured on some of her, and the Objectivist movement’s, rough edges.

Wales told Lamb that he essentially hates political parties and generally believes in “freedom, liberty, basically individual rights, that idea of dealing with other people in a matter that is not initiating force against them” and uses these principles in both his personal and entrepreneurial life.