Name:

Pierre Omidyar

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Company:

eBay

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What makes them haute:

The founder of eBay single-handedly wrote the computer code for his famous online auction house. eBay was an instant success and is currently one of the most widely visited sites on the Internet. As of July 2008, Omidyar’s 178 million eBay shares were worth an approximate $4.45 billion. He is also an investor of the Montage Resort & Spa in Laguna Beach, California. Omidyar frequently uses his time and money to give back and in 2004 established the Omidyar Network, which invests in independent organizations with the goal of inspiring, social, political and economic change.