Pierre Omidyar


Pierre Omidyar is driven by the idea that change is possible given the right combination of insight, innovation, talent, and timing. From his early beginnings as an entrepreneur and technologist to his recent work as a philanthropist and publisher, Pierre’s vision for change, coupled with a strong belief and trust in humanity, has generated groundbreaking innovations and inspired people around the world to “think big” about what’s possible.

After creating eBay in 1995 — a pioneering company that today provides more than 175 million people around the world with a platform to connect — Pierre, along with his wife Pam, turned much of his focus to philanthropy. As founders of The Omidyar Group, the Omidyars’ have created a diverse collection of companies, organizations, and initiatives each working to empower individuals to create and sustain healthy societies.

The Omidyars believe that people are inherently capable and respond to opportunity in inspiring ways when given the chance. This belief was affirmed when Pierre founded eBay and a vibrant community was created that continues to empower people and create economic opportunity around the world. Today, Pierre serves on the Board of Trustees of eBay, Punahou School, and Santa Fe Institute.