One of the most influential French-American philanthropist and entrepreneur who have managed to make a remarkable place is none other than Pierre Omidyar. Let us know a little more about his personal and professional life and get to know about his net worth.
Born on 21st June 1967, Pierre Morad Omidyar is more commonly known as Pierre Omidyar. He was born in Paris. His parents were very educated which lead him to become a sensible man as well. While his mother was a doctorate from Sorbonne in linguists, his father was a very renowned surgeon of his time. His father used to work as a urologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The whole family got shifted to the United States due to the work of his father and this lead Omidyar to get settled in the States since childhood.
He was interested in computers since childhood and this leads him to get more curious in it as he grew up. He did his schooling from The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia and graduated from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland. He got his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Tufts University in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts.
Later he started working with some of the renowned names like Apple Computer. As the time goes by Omidyar thought to do something of his own due to which he co-founded Ink Development, a pen-based computing startup that later was rebranded as an e-commerce company and renamed eShop.
Omidyar got married to Pamela and the couple used to live in Henderson, Nevada.
Omidyar is one of those who becomes a billionaire at an early age. After founding the eBay auction site he got the much-desired recognition and fame. He was the chairman of eBay auction site for around 15 years from 1998 to 2015. He was just 31 years old when he became the billionaire. Both Omidyar and wife Pamela are well-known philanthropists. They work together and founded Omidyar Network in 2004. This was done with the intention of expanding their efforts beyond non-profits to include for-profits and public policy.
At the age of 28, Omidyar started writing an original computer code in relation to an online venue which could help people connect each other for individual auctions. He launched this on the Labor Day which later becomes what we know today as eBay. Omidyar was also indulged in online journalism with news service Honolulu Civil Beat. Later he announced to create a venture which would look after journalism and called as First Look Media. He included Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill with him for this venture.
Omidyar’s public news service Honolulu Civil Beat become very popular at that time that it dragged the attention of a lot of people towards him. It was regarded as the Best News Website in Hawaii for three consecutive years which is a remarkable thing in itself. Later Honolulu Civil Beat goes in partnership with The Huffington Post and came out as HuffPost Hawaii.
Omidyar also got the chance to work for a few films under their executive producer’s team. While the Merchants of Doubt got released in the year 2014, the Spotlight came in 2015. Both the movies show the versatility of Omidyar as a producer as well.
Awards and achievements: During his entire career and tenure as a philanthropist, Omidyar managed to receive some of the awards and accolades as well. In the year 2011, he got the honorary doctorate from the Tufts University. He also got the privilege to become the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Winner in the year 1999.
How much is Pierre Omidyar Net Worth in 2017
Omidyar is a well-known personality. With his different ventures and working with eBay, he managed to earn a lot of money. The estimated net worth of Omidyar is around $9.5 billion US dollars as of 2017. No wonder in the coming years his net worth and income profile would elevate as he is constantly working to reach the zenith of his career.
Omidyar and wife Pamela used to work together as a team to bring out the eBay for themselves. This is the reason why they have achieved so much in their life. With the best wishes for their future, we hope to hear something grand from them in the coming years.