22. Hawaii : Pierre Omidyar
EBay founder and chairman Pierre Omidyar launched First Look Media in late 2013 with the aim of presenting new forms of independent journalism. With a promised $250 million from Omidyar, First Look launched its first digital magazine, The Intercept, in February 2014 with work from investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald. Omidyar also spends time on the Omidyar Network, his philanthropic investment firm. As members of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge, Omidyar and his wife Pam have donated to the fight against human trafficking, including $115 million to their Humanity United foundation, which funds 85 antislavery nonprofits as well as projects in five countries, including their first in Nepal. They’ve pledged to spend another $50 million by 2016.
Born in France of Iranian parents, Omidyar moved to the U.S. with his family at age six. He wrote code for his website, Auction Web, at age 28 and renamed it eBay after his first choice, Echo Bay, was already taken. He ceded executive control to new hire Meg Whitman in 1998. She was replaced by John Donahoe 10 years later. A resident of Hawaii, Omidyar controls various resort properties in Southern California and Mexico and is planning to develop resorts and homes in Hawaii.