Jeff Skoll
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Canada
2021

Participant

Jeff
Skoll

Founder / Chairman

People in entertainment like to talk about making a difference with their art, but Skoll is one of the few who’s done it consistently, via Participant. Launched in 2004 with $100 million in cash Skoll made as eBay’s first president and first full-time employee, Participant has dedicated itself to creating content that, combined with media campaigns (like the one tied to its recent anti-gerrymandering doc “Slay the Dragon”), inspires social change. And it has earned scores of Oscar nods along the way, winning best picture for “Spotlight” and “Green Book.” Upcoming projects include director Justin Lin’s “Abacus,” about the family-run Chinese-American bank that was the only U.S. financial institution to face criminal charges in the 2008 economic crisis, and a limited series about the racially motivated murder of Vincent Chin.

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
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Jeff Skoll Aims to Fix Participant's 'Broken' Parts

Jeff Skoll Aims to Fix Participant's 'Broken' Parts

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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