The billionaire founder of knowledge analytics agency Palantir donated $180,000 to a former hermit in New Hampshire so he can rebuild his cabin, which burned down amid a property dispute earlier this month — however in a brand new location.
Alex Karp, the CEO of Palantir, minimize David Lidstone a personal test final week so he can begin over, Lidstone’s good friend, Jodie Gedeon mentioned in a Facebook put up.
Lidstone, or “River Dave” as he’s recognized by boaters and kayakers, was jailed final month for refusing to depart the land the place he was squatting for nearly three a long time.
His cabin was then burned to the bottom earlier this month in a blaze that’s being investigated by native authorities.
Lisa Gordon, a Palantir spokesperson, confirmed that Karp made the donation to The Post however declined to remark additional. The donation was first reported by The Concord Monitor.
Karp reportedly has a house in New Hampshire’s Grafton County.
“How can I express myself and my gratitude towards something like that? I start to tear up whenever I think about it,” Lidstone instructed the Monitor. “For an old logger who always had to work, for anyone to give you that type of money, it’s incredibly difficult for me to get my head around.”
Lidstone’s good friend, Gedeon, instructed the Monitor that Lidstone will keep in a short lived home for the winter “but we’re not going to be able to build until spring.”
Right now, the money is about up in “a trust for Dave and it’s going to be utilized to build him a new home,” she reportedly mentioned.
The location is being saved secret to defend Lidstone’s privateness, Gedeon mentioned.
Lidstone made headlines and sparked an outpouring of support after he was arrested and accused of squatting for 27 years on property owned by Leonard Giles of Vermont.
The property, undeveloped and principally used for timber harvests, has been owned by the identical household since 1963.
Lidstone had mentioned a previous proprietor within the household gave his phrase years in the past that he might reside there, however had nothing in writing. He later disputed that he was even on the property.
Since his emergence within the public highlight, Lidstone has mentioned he’s undecided he can ever return to his former off-the-grid life as a hermit.
“I don’t see how I can go back to being a hermit because society is not going to allow it,” David Lidstone mentioned in an interview with The Associated Press.
“Maybe the things I’ve been trying to avoid are the things that I really need in life,” mentioned Lidstone, who drifted other than his household. “I grew up by no means being hugged or kissed, or any shut contact.
“I had somebody ask me once, about my wife: ‘Did you really love her?’ And the question kind of shocked me for a second. I … I’ve never loved anybody in my life. And I shocked myself because I hadn’t realized that. And that’s why I was a hermit. Now I can see love being expressed that I never had before.”
With Post wires