Founder and Chairman
Pierre Omidyar is Founder and Chairman of Democracy Fund Voice. Pierre is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who is best known as the founder of eBay. Starting from the premise that people are basically good, Pierre Omidyar created eBay in 1995 – an online platform that gives people equal access to information, opportunity, and tools to pursue their goals. Today he serves on the board of directors of the company, which enables more than 200 million buyers and sellers to connect and prosper over shared interests.
As a philanthropist, technologist, and innovator, Pierre has seen the positive impact social entrepreneurs can have on addressing the world’s most challenging problems. This perspective helped inform his creation of Democracy Fund, which he guides with his strategic vision, values, and unique approach to the field of philanthropy.
Pierre and his wife Pam are active philanthropists who believe that every person has the power to make a difference. Guiding their work is a common set of values – a deeply rooted belief in humanity, and a conviction that the world thrives when we prioritize treating others with compassion, dignity, and a respect for diversity. Working across many sectors and geographies, the Omidyars have contributed more than $1 billion to causes ranging from economic advancement for the underserved, technology for improving kids’ health, human rights, reimagining journalism and sustainability initiatives. In 2011, Pierre and Pam were honored with the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy for the lasting impact of their work.
To fulfill their mission Pierre and Pam are deeply engaged in the organizations they founded, including: Democracy Fund, HopeLab, Humanity United, Omidyar Network, and Ulupono Initiative. While each organization across The Omidyar Group has a specific focus, they are united in that they all aim to create opportunities for people to improve their quality of life and that of their communities.
Pierre currently serves as CEO and publisher of First Look Media, a news organization dedicated to reimagining journalism in the digital age, and Honolulu Civil Beat, a local news service in Hawaii that encourages greater civic participation through media. He is also a trustee of Tufts University, Santa Fe Institute and Punahou School.