Pierre Omidyar is a French-born Iranian-American businessman and philanthropist. He was born on June 21st, 1967 in Paris, France and is best known for launching the online shopping and auction site eBay.com. He served the company as its Chairman from 1998 to 2015.
By the age of 31, Omidyar had become a billionaire and had also been involved in journalism for public affairs news service Honolulu Civil Beat. Back in 2013, it was announced that he will be creating as well as financing his journalism related venture, the First Look Media.
Let us now take a look at the illustrious Omidyar Family
Omidyar Parents – Elahé Mir-Djalali Omidyar
Elahé Mir-Djalali Omidyar was Pierre’s mother and his father’s name is unknown. His parents were Iranian immigrants to France and met each other while studying there. Omidyar’s mother held a doctorate in linguistics at the Sorbonne, while his father was a surgeon. His parents moved to the United States when Omidyar was still a child. Together, the couple had a total of five children.
Omidyar Spouse – Pamela Kerr Omidyar
Omidyar married Pamela Kerr, whom he met while living in the United States. She grew up in Hawai’i Kai where she attended the ‘Iolani School. She and Pierre have three children and currently live in Henderson, Nevada. The couple is known to be extremely charitable and has donated millions of dollars to support various organizations.
Pierre has three children with his wife Pamela.
As of 2015, Pierre Omidyar has a net worth of USD 8.3 billion. This makes him the 168th richest person in the world and the 58th in the United States.
Omidyar began to show an early interest in computer science while attending The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia. He went on to graduate from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Maryland and later attended the Tufts University in Massachusetts. He attained a bachelor’s degree from the institute in computer science in the year 1988.
After a few jobs here and there at major tech companies, Omidyar began working on a website that would enable a direct person-to-person auction of collectible items, in the year 1995. He started working on the codes and that is how he ended up creating eBay.
Apart from his business related ventures, Omidyar and his wife are known for establishing Omidyar Network. It is a charity driven organization which helps in harnessing the power of the markets, for creating a better life for the people.