NET WORTH: $3.32 billion, up 2.5 percent
LAST YEAR: $3.24 billion
RESIDENCE: Beverly Hills
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Internet commerce
THE MONEY: Made billions from stock grants and options as first eBay employee, has been steadily selling shares to fund efforts to deliver socially conscious messages and solve world problems. Modest gains in hedge fund portfolio; slight gain in value of Tesla Motors Inc. holdings. Proceeds from recent hits at film company plowed back into studio and new cable TV network.
BUZZ: Tumultuous year for Skoll, who contracted yellow fever in Africa on relief mission during Ebola crisis; bedridden for eight days with 105-degree fever before recovering. Married Stephanie Swedlove, former creative manager at Pivot, his cable network, one month after recovery. Said brush with death as he turned 50 prompted review of entertainment ventures. Participant Media CEO Jim Berk abruptly resigned days later; Skoll now interim-chief executive. One of few philanthropists to give away at least $1 billion in lifetime. Sales of eBay shares launched Skoll Foundation; donated more than $500 million to social entrepreneurs with plans to solve global problems, still has more than $500 million in assets.
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