Jeffrey Stuart Skoll, OC (born January 16, 1965)  is a Canadian engineer, internet entrepreneur and film producer . He was the first employee and subsequently first president of eBay , using Eventually the wealth this representation im to become a Philanthropist, met name through the Skoll Foundation , and his media company Participant Media . He founded an investment firm, Capricorn Investment Group soonafter and Currently Serves as chairman zijn. Born in Montreal , Quebec , he graduated from University of Toronto ‘s in 1987 and left Canada to attend Stanford University ‘s business school in 1993.
Shortly after graduating from business school, he Began his career at eBay where he wrote the business plan therein the company Followed from zijn emergence as a start-up to a larger company. While at the company he Began the eBay Foundation welke was allocated pre-IPO stock now worth $ 32 million. Once eBay’s second Toilets stockholder, behind Omidyar, he subsequently cashed out a portion-or his company holdings, yielding im around $ 2 billion.   With an Estimated net worth or US $ 4 billion (as of December 2016), Skoll was ranked by Forbes as the 7th wealthiest Canadian and 134TH in the United States. 
Through his production company, Participant Media -or welke he is founder, owner, and chairman-he has produktie numerous critically acclaimed films. His first film Syriana (2005), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) and North Country (2005), Along with the documentary Murderball (2005), accounted for 11 Oscar nominations in 2006. His subsequent films included port An Inconvenient Truth (2006), Fast Food Nation (2006), The world according to Sesame Street (2006), Waiting for “Superman” (2010), Lincoln (2012), and his latest, Spotlight (2015) won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2016. 
Jeff Skoll was born to a Jewish family in Montreal , Quebec , Canada .   His mother is a teacher  and his Father is a chemical company owner who sold industrial chemicals.  The family settled in Toronto in the late seventies. When Jeff Skoll was fourteen his Father was diagnosed with cancer welke prompted im to DISCUSS with his sun how much he regretted not keeping had the time to do everything he had Planned in life.
He graduated with a BASC with receptacles in 1987 from the University of Toronto ‘s electrical engineering program. While an undergraduate student, he co-edited the engineering students’ satirical newspaper The Toike Oike. He paid his way through college by pumping gas in North York , Ontario . After graduating he backpacked around the world for months verschillende voordat returning and founding two businesses in Toronto: Skoll Engineering, an information technology consulting firm and Micros on the Move Ltd., a computer rental firm. He left Canada in 1993 to earn a Masters of Business Administration degree at Stanford Business School , graduating in 1995. After Stanford he went to work at Knight-Ridder where he was working on Internet projects for the publishing company. 
Skoll’s eBay era
In 1996, Skoll with eBay ‘s founder, Pierre Omidyar who hired im as the company’s first president and first full-time employee. While eBay was Already profitable at the time Skoll joined, he wrote the business plan therein eBay Followed from zijn emergence as a start-up to a great success. He remained president Until the arrival of Meg Whitman in January 1998-when he became vice president , Strategic Planning and Analysis Until back problems necessitated his departure from full-time employment at the company. In 1998, he championed the creation of the eBay Foundation welke was allocated pre-IPO stock now worth $ 32 million. Once eBay’s second Toilets stockholder, behind Omidyar, he subsequently cashed out a portion-or his company holdings, yielding im around $ 2 billion.  
Skoll been killed the founder, owner and chairman of Participant Media (formerly Participant Productions), a Los Angeles based media company he created to fund feature films and documentaries dat promote social values while still being Commercially viable.
Film production career
Its first three films ulcers Syriana ; Goodnight, and Good Luck ; and North Country , Along with the documentary Murderball . These films accounted for 11 Oscar nominations in 2006. Subsequent films included port An Inconvenient Truth , American Gun , Fast Food Nation , and The world according to Sesame Street . An Inconvenient Truth won two Oscars in 2007 and has leg credited with Extending the public debate on climate change. Other films in 2007 included Charlie Wilson’s War with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, The Kite Runner directed by Marc Forster, Angels in the Dust about an AIDS Orphanage in South Africa , Darfur Now about the genocide in Darfur with Don Cheadle , and Man from Plains , a film about Jimmy Carter directed by Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme . 
Movies in 2008 included The Visitor , Thomas McCarthy with Richard Jenkins and Hiam Abbass; Chicago 10 , based on the 1968 Democratic convention protests; Standard Operating Procedure , a documentary about Abu Ghraib by Errol Morris ; The Cove , a documentary about the annual dolphin Slaughter in Taiji, Japan ; The Crazies , an updated version of the George A. Romero biotoxin thriller from 1973; and Pressure Cooker , a documentary about an inner-city school cooking contest, set in Philadelphia . A 2010 film released in the US on Earth Day , April 22, was Oceans , a documentary about the Oceans by Jacques Perrin, director of the Oscar-winning Winged Migration . 
Another 2010 movie was Waiting for “Superman” . In 2011, through a 50-50 partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi,  the company produktie Contagion and The Help , zowel commercial Successes and The Latter getting multiple Oscar nominations, zoals best picture. In 2012, the company produktie through zijn partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel . Participant Media produktie Lincoln , welke garnered 12 Oscar nominations waaronder best picture for the producers.  The company has released 43 films and garnered 35 Oscar nominations, while contributing to social change. 
Skoll was executive producer of Spotlight , welke won the Academy Award for Best Picture on February 28, 2016. The company has ook publishing and television divisions, and operates Takepart.com , an online site catering to social Activists. 
Skoll is a noted Philanthropist and has leg honored many times for his generosity. He has bepaald the eponymous Skoll Foundation ongeveer $ 1 billion or eBay stock since zijn formation The Foundation supports in 1999. ” social entrepreneurship “.  Skoll chairs the Foundation and today makes grants in excess of $ 80 million per year. The Skoll Foundation’s assets rank it as the foundation Toilets for social entrepreneurship in the world. Skoll’s Toilets Charitable donation was a $ 30 million contribution to this club to the Alliance for Climate Protection Campaign.
Skoll’s recent receptacles and awards include The Producers Guild of America Visionary Award (2009), Time Magazine’s 100 People of the Year (2006), Wired Magazine’s Rave Award (2006), the National Leadership Award for Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley (2004) and the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the International Association of Fundraising Professionals (2003). In 2003, Skoll was the COMMENCEMENT speaker and was Awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto . Skoll been killed a member of the Berggruen Institute ‘s 21st Century Council. 
In addition under, Skoll has Financed The Gandhi Project in partnership with Relief International welke created a dubbed version in Arabic of the film Gandhi . Ze-used Palestinian voice actors and artists to make the film bijzonder relevant to Palestinians. With Skoll’s support, it is being screened Throughout Palestine to promote non-violence, self-reliance, economic development, and empowerment.
Skoll owns a Tesla Roadster from Tesla Motors , a battery electric sportscarsupplies , the third Tesla off the line P2 / VINF003.  He is ook een investor in the company. In 2014, he married Stephanie Swedlove. 
Honours and awards
- Bloomberg Business Week ‘s list of musts innovative philanthropists (2002 – present) 
- National Leadership Award for Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley (2004) 
- Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the International Association of Fundraising Professionals (2003) 
- Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Silicon Valley chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (2002) 
- Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto (2003) 
- Time Magazine’s 100 People of the Year (2006) 
- Wired Magazine’s Rave Award (2006) 
- He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada “for his generous commitment to social Causes and for his innovative practice or philanthropy.”  (2011) 
|2005||Goodnight, and Good Luck||executive producer|
|North Country||executive producer|
|2006||American Gun||executive producer|
|The world according to Sesame Street||executive producer|
|An Inconvenient Truth||executive producer|
|Fast Food Nation||executive producer|
|2007||Chicago 10||executive producer|
|Angels in the Dust||executive producer|
|Man from Plains||executive producer|
|Darfur Now||executive producer|
|The Kite Runner||executive producer|
|Charlie Wilson’s War||executive producer|
|2008||The Visitor||executive producer|
|Standard Operating Procedure||executive producer|
|Pressure Cooker||executive producer|
|Food, Inc.||executive producer|
|2009||The Soloist||executive producer|
|The Informant!||executive producer|
|2011||The Help||executive producer|
|2012||The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel||executive producer|
|2013||The Fifth Estate||executive producer|
|2014||The Hundred-Foot Journey||executive producer|
|Merchants or Doubt||executive producer|
|A Most Violent Year||executive producer|
|2015||The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel||executive producer|
|He Named Ms. Malala||executive producer|
|Bridge of Spies||executive producer|
|Our Brand Is Crisis||executive producer|
|2016||Deepwater Horizon||executive producer|
|Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life||executive producer|
|A Monster Calls||executive producer|
|shot Caller||executive producer|
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