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Laurene Powell Jobs funds project to ‘encourage civil online dialog’

Liberal billionaire Laurene Powell Jobs reportedly has a brand new mission: making the web nicer. 

Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and an proprietor of the Atlantic journal, is funding a brand new project via her company Emerson Collective that’s designed to “encourage civil online conversation,” the Information reported

The project is reportedly being led by Atlantic CEO Nicholas Thompson and Emerson Collective CEO Raffi Krikorian. The group has additionally introduced on ex-Wired journal govt editor Brian Barrett, in accordance to the Information. 

Emerson Collective didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark and particulars of the project have been fuzzy, however a supply aware of the push advised the Information that the group is just not wanting to launch a social media web site. 

Powell Jobs, who’s price an estimated $12.7 billion thanks largely to Apple and Disney shares she inherited from her late husband, has beforehand invested in information shops past the Atlantic together with Axios and scandal-plagued media company OZY. 

The Atlantic editor Nicholas Thompson is reportedly serving to lead the brand new project.
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She additionally endorsed Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden in 2020 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. She has a “tight relationship” with Vice President Kamala Harris, Bloomberg reported in 2020 — and donated to Biden, Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker and Michael Bennett throughout the latest Democratic presidential main.

Last week, Powell Jobs mentioned at a convention that her late husband would have been sad in regards to the present degree of political polarization within the United States. 

“I would say not only [would he not have been happy about] the polarization, not only the fact that people are really coming to blows within families and communities and our country, but also just that he loved our country so much,” Powell Jobs mentioned.

“He loved California so much, but he loved our country,” she added. “He loved the personal freedoms and liberties, but also the connectedness and responsibility for each other.”

Laurene Powell Jobs and Steve Jobs.
Laurene Powell Jobs inherited billions of {dollars} in Apple and Disney stock from her late husband Steve Jobs.
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Powell Jobs’ company, Emerson Collective, engages in philanthropy however makes use of an unconventional for-profit company structure.

Powell Jobs was named the “Least Transparent Mega-Giver” by Inside Philanthropy in 2019. 

“We have no clue about how much she gives annually, or where, exactly, the money goes,” the publication wrote. 

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