December 11, 2008
From the Shadows
Wife of eBay's founder shines spotlight on global human rights
As the founder of eBay and someone who has sought to shake up traditional philanthropy, Pierre Omidyar tends to draw more news-media attention than his wife.
But over the last few years, Pam Omidyar has quietly built a grant-making organization apart from her husband's that is poised to become a major player in the fight against two global problems that rarely rank high on donors' priority lists: mass violence and modern-day slavery.
Ms. Omidyar, a biologist by training, says