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Omidyar Network is a philanthropic foundation, with a for-profit subsidiary, self-styled as an "investment firm," established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam. To date, Omidyar Network has committed more than $290 million to nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies that foster economic advancement and encourage individual participation across multiple investment areas, including microfinance, property rights, government transparency and social media.
Composed of a 501(c)(3) and a Limited Liability Company (LLC), Omidyar Network is structured to work across the social, business, and government sectors. Like a traditional foundation, it makes grants through its 501(c)(3) entity; through its LLC, it invests in for-profit entities.
Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, and his wife, Pam, established Omidyar Network based on the belief that every person has the potential to make a difference.
The organization's headquarters are in Redwood City, CA. Omidyar Network also has employees in the UK, based in London, and in Mumbai, India, including Stephen King, the former head of the BBC World Trust.
The managing partner of Omidyar Network is Matt Bannick, the former general manager of eBay International. Stephen King, ex-BBC World Trust, Sal Giambanco, formerly of Paypal, and Jayant Sinha, formerly of McKinsey & Company, are also partners.
As of April 2009[update], Omidyar Network counts the following organizations as partners: Ashoka, Central Intelligence Agency, Comat Technologies, Creative Commons, Digg, DonorsChoose, Endeavor, Federated Media Publishing, GlobalGiving, Goodmail, GuideStar, Linden Lab (developer of Second Life global virtual community), Meetup, Metaweb, ModestNeeds, Opportunity International, PRBC, Prosper, SeaChange Capital Partners, Seesmic, Socialtext, Sunlight Foundation, Virgin Money, Wikia, World of Good.