Jeff Skoll is an entrepreneur devoted to creating a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Over the last two decades, Jeff has created an innovative portfolio of philanthropic and commercial enterprises, each a distinctive catalyst for changing the issues that most affect the survival and thriving of humanity – including climate change. This portfolio includes the Skoll Foundation, Participant Media, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Capricorn Investment Group, and new ventures – all coordinated under the Jeff Skoll Group umbrella.
Jeff’s entrepreneurial approach is unique: driving large-scale, permanent social impact by investing in a range of efforts that integrate powerful stories, data, capital markets, technology, partnerships, and organized learning networks. Operating independently from one another yet deeply connected through shared mission, Jeff’s organizations galvanize public will, policy, and mobilize critical resources that accelerate the pace and depth of change.
As the first full time employee and President of eBay, Jeff experienced firsthand the power of combining entrepreneurship, technology, and trust in people. His work today embodies those critical lessons learned from eBay. All of Jeff's organizations rely on the premise that people are basically good, and that if good people are given the opportunity to do the right thing, they will.
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.