Social Entrepreneur Philanthropist & Giving Pledger

“The world is a vast and complicated place and it needs each of us doing all we can to ensure a brighter tomorrow for future generations. Conrad Hilton said it is the duty of successful people to give back to the society from which their success was derived….I feel lucky to have been able to pursue my dreams and I hope that my contributions will in some small way lead to a sustainable world of peace and prosperity.”

– Jeff Skoll in his Giving Pledge

As founder and chairman of the Skoll Foundation, the Skoll Global Threats Fund, Participant Media, and the Capricorn Investment Group, Jeff Skoll is bringing life to his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity.

As the first full-time employee and first President of eBay, Jeff developed the company’s inaugural business plan and led its successful initial public offering. eBay has since become the world’s largest on-line marketplace, giving hundreds of millions of buyers and sellers the opportunity to connect and become successful online entrepreneurs.

After pioneering the creation of the eBay Foundation, Jeff founded the Skoll Foundation in 1999.

Over the last 15 years, Jeff has created an innovative portfolio of philanthropic and commercial enterprises, each a distinctive social catalyst. Together, these organizations drive social impact by investing in a range of efforts that integrate powerful stories and data with entrepreneurial approaches.

Jeff holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012. Jeff’s other honors include the Jefferson Award’s S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen (2015), a career tribute at the Gotham Independent Film Awards (2012), and the John W. Gardner Leadership Award (2012).

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The Jeff Skoll Group

Jeff Skoll GroupTo pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity, Jeff Skoll created an innovative portfolio of philanthropic and commercial enterprises, each of which is a distinctive social catalyst in its field. The Skoll Foundation is part of the Jeff Skoll Group.

Capricorn Investment Group was born from a belief that values-based, sustainable investment practices can enhance return rates. Capricorn manages the investment portfolio of Jeff Skoll and his organizations.

Participant Media believes that a good 
story well told can inspire and compel 
social change.

Skoll Global Threats Fund confronts global threats imperiling humanity by seeking solutions, strengthening alliances, and spurring the actions needed to safeguard the future. is an independent online community that connects its members directly to the issues that inspire them to engage, contribute and take action.