Jeff Skoll
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Canada
2020

Participant Media

Jeff
Skoll

Founder / Chairman

Skoll took the money he earned as the first full-time employee and president of eBay and founded Participant in 2004 to create commercial fare that inspires change. The result is a slew of acclaimed projects, including best picture Oscar winners “Spotlight” (2015) and “Green Book” (2018) along with the Netflix miniseries “When They See Us” (2019), which earned 16 Emmy nominations. In 2020, he took another chunk of his fortune and applied it to pressing social issues, donating $8 million to California COVID-19 relief, $2 million to the Los Angeles Mayor’s Fund, giving cash assistance to low-income Angelenos, and $100 million to the Skoll Foundation, tripling its grant-making, with nearly all new programs aiding in the pandemic.

Career

  • SPOTLIGHT
  • GREEN BOOK
  • WHEN THEY SEE US

Education

  • University of Toronto (Canada)
  • Stanford University (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Jeff Skoll had been working frenetically with epidemiologists, NGOs and diplomats for weeks last fall. The experts were racing to contain the wildfire spread of Ebola, only to have their benefactor, the California billionaire and media mogul, suddenly suffer his own collapse. An intestinal wrecking ball sent Skoll reeling. His fever spiked to 105, knocking him flat on his back. “I just had to close my eyes for eight days,” he recalls, “and hang on.”Skoll, already slight in build, lost...

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