Pierre Omidyar Jessica, November 16, 2023 Pierre Omidyar, born in Paris to Iranian parents, pursued a degree in computer science at Tufts University before contributing to the development of MacDraw at Claris. Omidyar is globally recognized as the founder of eBay, the revolutionary online auction platform that embodies a near-ideal free market system. Following eBay’s remarkable success, he and his wife Pam established the Omidyar Foundation to support various non-profit initiatives. The Omidyar Network, another of Omidyar’s philanthropic ventures, goes beyond the scope of the Omidyar Foundation. Functioning as a philanthropic investment firm, it uniquely invests in both profit-making businesses and non-profits, prioritizing ventures that integrate positive social impact as a key performance metric. Omidyar’s commitment through the Omidyar Network is substantial, with an investment of $400 million earmarked for diverse sectors. Approximately half of this investment targets profit-generating enterprises that yield significant social benefits. Examples include InnoCentive, a platform that brings together pharmaceutical companies and scientists for collaborative problem-solving, and World of Good, which imports artisan products from developing countries for sale in the U.S. The remaining $200 million is allocated to non-profit organizations. Notable recipients include KaBOOM!, an initiative that mobilizes communities to construct their own playgrounds, and Modest Needs, which offers small-scale financial assistance to low-income working families facing unexpected expenses. Through these varied investments, Omidyar demonstrates a comprehensive and impactful approach to philanthropy, supporting a wide array of initiatives that foster positive societal change.