John Donahoe

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John Donahoe II
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John Donahoe II
Born (1960-04-30) April 30, 1960 (age 55)
Evanston, Illinois
Education New Trier High School
Alma mater Dartmouth College, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Occupation CEO, eBay
Salary $13,833,374 (total compensation, fiscal year 2013)[1]
Spouse(s) Eileen Donahoe
Children Four, three sons and a daughter

John Joseph Donahoe II (born April 30, 1960)[2] is president and CEO of eBay Inc, since March 31, 2008.[3]

Early life[edit]

John Donahoe was born in Evanston, Illinois.[4] His father was an accountant at Price Waterhouse in Chicago.[5]

He graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.[5]


He received a BA in Economics from Dartmouth and an MBA from Stanford Business School.[1]


After his senior year of high school, a friend’s dad asked him to work at his Schlitz beer distribution company. “You’ll make good money,” he said. It was a union job and the first requirement was that he join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.[6]

Bain & Company[edit]

Before joining eBay he worked for Bain & Company (a worldwide consulting firm based in Boston) for 20 years, starting as an associate consultant and becoming the firm's president and CEO in 1999.[7]


In March 2005 he was hired as president of eBay Marketplaces. His role was to focus on eBay's core business, which accounts for a large percentage of the company's revenues.[3] He made more than forty acquisitions, including and StubHub, and the classifieds sites Gumtree and LoQUo, and most recently, Shutl.[citation needed]

In his current role Mr. Donahoe oversees eBay's two modules, eBay Marketplaces, and PayPal.[citation needed]

Some eBay share-holders believe that given eBay's profitability the company ought to be paying dividends, and that Mr. Donahoe being responsible for overseeing eBay (a company owned by its share-holders - for the benefit of its share-holders) should take steps to introduce the payment of such dividends.


He serves on the Boards of Directors of both eBay Inc. and Intel Corp.[8]


Donahoe has contributed to both parties, both to Republican candidate Congressman David Dreier of California as well as two Democrat candidates: Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Barbara Boxer[9] of California.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Eileen Donahoe (née Chamberlain), the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, since November 2009.[10]

They have four children, three sons and a daughter, and live in Portola Valley, California.[11][12]

Business positions
Preceded by
Meg Whitman
Chief Executive Officer of eBay
March 31, 2008 – present
Succeeded by
President of eBay
March 31, 2008 – present


  1. ^ a b "John J. Donahoe II". Businessweek. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "John Donahoe II, chief executive of eBay". 
  3. ^ a b "John Donahoe". Forbes. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "John Donahoe". Irish America. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Tech drives eBay growth". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "My First Job". 
  7. ^ "eBay Inc. Leadership". 
  8. ^ "Intel Newsroom". 
  9. ^ NEWSMEAT ▷ John Donahoe's Federal Campaign Contribution Report. Retrieved on 2013-08-24.
  10. ^ "Dartmouth News' announcement of Dr. Donahoe's appointment of U.S. Ambassador to UNHR", The Dartmouth, 13 November 2009.
  11. ^ Donahoe, Eileen and John (15 July 2013). "‘We Leaned Into Our Marriage’". Lean In. 
  12. ^ Sellers, Patricia (26 January 2011). "EBay CEO Donahoe bares his own work-life struggles". CNN Money. 

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