Jeff Skoll
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Canada
2019

Participant Media

Jeff
Skoll

Founder / Chairman

In 2004, Skoll took $100 million he earned as the first full-time employee and president of eBay and founded Participant with the goal of creating entertainment that inspires change but remains commercial. While most such dreams end up broken, his soared, with Participant winning a slew of awards, including best picture in 2016 for “Spotlight.” This year was especially fruitful, as its films grossed more than $388 million collectively and won six Oscars from its 17 nominations — the most in the company’s history — including best picture, supporting actor (Mahershala Ali) and original screenplay for “Green Book” and best director, foreign language film and cinematography for “Roma.” On the 2019 TV side, its Netflix miniseries “When They See Us” scored 16 Emmy nominations.

Career

  • Participant Media
  • Jeff Skoll Group
  • eBay

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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I had just come back from a 2005 international conference on major world issues, where the consensus on climate change was that we did not have to worry for another 50 years. Then I returned to Los Angeles and attended a presentation by Al Gore at CAA.Al’s now-famous slideshow on the climate made me realize we needed to act immediately to mitigate the damage to come. I had created Participant Media a year earlier to get people involved in the...

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