Who Owns EBay?

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As a publicly traded company, eBay is owned by stockholders. The founder of eBay is Pierre Omidyar, who is the largest stakeholder in the company, with over 105 million shares as of February 2014. John Donahoe is eBay’s CEO.

The board members are other stockholders who have a minority stake in the company. They include Carl Icahn, who owns 2 percent of eBay. According to Forbes Magazine, Carl Icahn made headlines in February 2014 by claiming that two eBay board members, Scott Cook and Mark Andreessen, were in competition with the company and not acting in the best interest of shareholders. This public defamation sent the company’s stock soaring 7.5 percent at the time, increasing Omidyar’s net worth by $450 million dollars.