Our People

Pierre Omidyar

Founder and Chairman

Pierre Omidyar is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who is best known as the founder of eBay. Built on Pierre’s strong belief and trust in humanity, eBay was created in 1995 and today provides more than 150 million people around the world with equal access to information, opportunity, and tools to pursue their goals.

As a philanthropist, technologist, and innovator, Pierre is driven by the idea that change is possible given the right combination of insight, innovation, talent, and timing. This perspective helped inform his creation of Democracy Fund, which he guides with his strategic vision, values, and unique approach to catalyzing social change.

Pierre and his wife Pam are active philanthropists working around the world in areas ranging from financial inclusion, technology to improve children’s health, human rights, journalism, sustainability, democracy, and in the U.S., protection of the First Amendment. They have pioneered many new approaches to philanthropy, investing 1.5 billion dollars over the last two decades. In 2011, Pierre and Pam were honored with the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy for the lasting impact of their work.

The Omidyars are deeply engaged in the organizations and companies they’ve founded through The Omidyar Group, including: Democracy Fund, Hopelab, Humanity United, Omidyar Network, and Ulupono Initiative. While each organization has a specific focus, they are all united in their aim to spark social impact and empower individuals.

Pierre is the founder of First Look Media – a new-model media company devoted to supporting independent voices. He is also the publisher of Honolulu Civil Beat, a local news service in Hawaii that encourages greater civic participation through media. Pierre serves on the board of directors for eBay and is a trustee of Tufts University, Santa Fe Institute, and Punahou School.