25 Who Ditched Infotech for Cleantech

Jeff Skoll

Background: President of eBay

Current: Founder of the Skoll Foundation and investor in Tesla and Nanosolar

Hired in 1996 as eBay’s president and first full-time employee, Skoll led the Internet company through some of its most successful years. He went on to use some of his eBay billions to found the Skoll Foundation in 1999. The foundation is built on Skoll’s belief that through proper investment, systemic change can better the world. Skoll has invested in thin-film solar startup Nanosolar and Tesla Motors and will be among the first 100 Tesla Roadsters owners.