Pierre Omidyar is a French-born Iranian American entrepreneur, and the founder and chairman of the eBay auction site. Building on the success of the online marketplace, which made him a billionaire at the age of 31, Omidyar and his wife created the Omidyar Network which offers philanthropic opportunities to both non-profit and for-profit organisations around the world.
Omidyar was born in Paris in 1967. His first interest in computers began at high school, where he would skip gym class to access the computer lab. The principal noticed his keen interest, and offered him a job of creating a program that would generate catalogue cards for the library. These first humble contributions to Omidyar’swealth clocked in at six dollars an hour.
He attended at Tufts University near Boston, MA, where he worked on software to assist Macintosh programmers with computer memory issues. Omidyar released the software under a shareware license, however the few cheques that made their way back to him barely covered the cost of paying for the post box.