The Department of Internal Affairs has confirmed technology billionaire Peter Thiel was granted New Zealand citizenship five years ago.
However the Department has not revealed any details on the grounds for his citizenship approval.
Entrepreneur Peter Thiel.
The Germany-born co-founder of PayPal is reported to own properties in New Zealand and has invested millions in New Zealand tech company Xero.
In a statement this afternoon a spokesman for the DIA said, "while the department doesn't usually discuss individual citizenship details, there is sufficient public interest in Mr Peter Thiel to warrant comment".
The department has confirmed that Mr Thiel was approved New Zealand citizenship on June 30, 2011.
The statement goes on to say that all applications for New Zealand citizenship are considered based on an assessment of relevant eligibility criteria (as set out in the Citizenship Act 1977).