Worldwide popular as the founder and chairman of the American multinational e-commerce corporation eBay, Pierre Omidyar is an American billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist. Besides eBay, he has founded several foundations like Honolulu Civil Beat, Ulupono Initiative, First Look Media and Omidyar Network.
Pierre Morad Omidyar was born on 21st June 1967 in Paris, France. He was born with the star sign Cancer. He was born to Iranian parents in Paris who later migrated to France for higher education.
His father, Cyrus Omidyar was a surgeon who worked as a urologist at Johns Hopkins University, currently working in Aliso Viejo, California.
Similarly, his mother Elahe Mir-Djalali Omidyar was an academic. His family moved to the USA due to his fathers work. Omidyar holds American nationality and belongs to a mixed ethnic race.
For his education, he attended The Potomac School located in McLean, Virginia and while in school, he used to skip his physical education classes to use school’s computer. Pierre later moved to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Potomac, Maryland graduating in 1984.
Due to the keen interest in computers, he graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor in computer science in 1988. Moreover, he also enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley during his undergraduate years.
The Billionaire Pierre Omidyar is a married man and father of three children. Omidyar is married to his longtime girlfriend Pamela Kerr Omidyar. The duo tied the knot long time back and is blessed with three children.
Despite being one of the searched people on the Internet, Pierre’s marriage date and details regarding his children is not known. He prefers to keep his private life away from the spotlight.
He lives a low-key life and rarely talks about his life. Hopefully, we will learn more about Pierre Omidyar’s private life in the near future.
As of now, Pierre has a jaw-dropping estimated net worth of $12.5 billion making him one of the richest people in the world. He endorses his fortunes from the profits earned by his multinational e-commerce corporation eBay.
According to Bloomberg 2019, his net worth was estimated to be around $9.90 billion. Whereas, Forbes estimated it to be $12.5 billion as of February 2019.
Talking about his fortunes he owns a 48,000 sq.ft. house in Hawaii with 33-bedrooms, 36 bathrooms which cost around $23 million. Similarly, Omidyar also owns a private jet and expensive cars. Additionally, Pierre is also an investor of Montage Resort and Spa in Laguna Beach, California.
After his graduation, Pierre worked for Claris an Apple Computer subsidiary. In 1991, he co-founded Ink Development which was later rebranded as an e-commerce company. It was renamed as eShop Inc. which later Microsoft acquired in June 1996 for less than $50 million.
In 4th September 1995, Pierre launched an online service called Auction Web, an online venue to enable the listing of a direct person-to-person auction for collectible items. The site eventually became the auction site eBay. The business flourished as correspondents began to register trade goods of an unimaginable variety.
Similarly, in 2010, he launched an online investigative reporting news service, Honolulu Civil Beat in Hawaii. Similarly, he has founded several foundations like Omidyar Network, First Look Media, and Ulupono Initiative, and more.
Besides this, Omidyar has also been part of the executive producer team for Merchants of Doubt, and Spotlight. At present, Omidyar serves as the head of investigating reporting and public affairs news service Honolulu Civil Beat.
Moving onto his achievements, he received Honorary doctorate from Tufts University. Similarly, he won EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999 and Third Most Influential French Entrepreneur in 2018.