Meet the man leading the ‘Calexit’ charge to pull California out of the union – Republican from New York who spent election night in MOSCOW planning its first embassy


He’s the man behind the campaign that has set Twitter alight – to give Californian voters a referendum on going it alone in the wake of last week’s election.

Along with thousands of social media mentions, 30-year-old Louis Marinelli now also has the backing of some of Silicon Valley’s heaviest hitters – Iranian-born billionaire venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, 42; entrepreneur David Morin, 36, whose fortune is estimated at $100m; and Orange County-based Google designer Marc Hemeon, 41.

But while the rest of the US was glued to their TV screens as last week’s drama unfolded, Marinelli, a former Republican voter from Buffalo, New York, wasn’t even in the country.

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