Marc Benioff

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Marc Benioff
Marc Benioff in 2009.jpg
Born(1964-09-25) September 25, 1964 (age 49)
San Francisco, California
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Net worthIncrease US$3.0 billion (April 2014)[1]
Spouse(s)Lynne (Krilich) Benioff
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Marc Benioff
Marc Benioff in 2009.jpg
Born(1964-09-25) September 25, 1964 (age 49)
San Francisco, California
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Net worthIncrease US$3.0 billion (April 2014)[1]
Spouse(s)Lynne (Krilich) Benioff

Marc Russell Benioff (born September 25, 1964) is the founder, chairman and CEO of, a cloud computing company.

Benioff started in March 1999 in a rented San Francisco apartment[2] and defined its mission as The End of Software®. He is “credited with turning the software industry on its head” by using the Internet to “revamp the way software programs are designed and distributed.”[3] He has long evangelized software as a service as the model that would replace traditional enterprise software. He is the creator of the term “platform as a service” and has extended’s reach by allowing customers to build their own applications on the company’s architecture, or in the “cloud.”[4] He is the author of three books, including the national best seller Behind the Cloud.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Benioff was raised in a Jewish family[6][7] in the San Francisco metropolitan area.[8] He graduated from Burlingame High School in 1982.[9] Benioff received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California[1] in 1986 where he was a member in the TKE social fraternity.


While still in high school Benioff founded Liberty Software, creating and selling games for the Atari 8-bit computer among others.[10] Epyx published his King Arthur's Heir, The Nightmare, Escape from Vulcan's Isle, and Crypt of the Undead.[11] He worked as an assembly language programmer at the Macintosh Division of Apple Computer, where he was inspired by the company and its co-founder, Steve Jobs.[12] Prior to founding, Benioff was at Oracle Corporation for 13 years in a variety of executive positions in sales, marketing, and product development. At 23, he was named Oracle's Rookie of the Year and three years later he was promoted to vice president, the company's youngest person to hold that title.[13]

Influence and honors[edit]

In 2010 Fortune named him one of the Smartest 50 People in Tech[14] as well as one of the Top 50 People in Business.[15] The San Francisco Business Times named Benioff 2009 Executive of the Year, "for defying the fierce economic downdraft--and taking the lead role in the creation of an industry."[16]

He was appointed by President George W. Bush as the co-chairman of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee and served from 2003–2005, overseeing the publishing of critical reports on health care information technology, cybersecurity, and computational sciences. has received many accolades including a Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation award. It has been lauded as one of BusinessWeek’s Top 100 Most Innovative Companies, named No. 7 on The Wired 40, and twice selected as a Top Ten Disrupter by Forbes.[17] In addition, Forbes named one of America's Best Companies.[18]

Benioff received a honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Southern California on May 16, 2014. [19]


Benioff pioneered the 1/1/1 integrated philanthropic model, by which companies contribute 1 percent of profits, 1 percent of equity, and 1 percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves. Parts of this 1/1/1 model have been adopted by many other companies, including Google.[20] In 2005, the members of the World Economic Forum named him as one of its Young Global Leaders.[21] In 2007 the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy presented Benioff with the Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award and in 2008 invited him to become a director of the board.[22]

In June 2010, Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne Krilich[23] announced a $100 million gift to UCSF Children's Hospital with the goal of not only seeing the new hospital built but significantly advancing children’s health worldwide.[24] In 2010, Benioff and his wife were named one of the Top 25 Most Effective Philanthropists by Barron’s.[25]

In 2014, Marc Benioff donated another $100 million to UCSF and Oakland Children's Hospital (both now called Benioff Children's Hospitals).



  1. ^ a b Forbes: The World's Billionaires - Marc Benioff April 2014
  2. ^ Julie Moline. “It takes a salesforce,” NYSE Magazine, 2004. (retrieved 7/7/09)
  3. ^ Jon Swartz, “Salesforce CEO leads charge against software,” USA TODAY, 7/24/2007 (retrieved on 7/7/09)
  4. ^ Nicholas Kolakowski, “Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Talks Cloud Computing, Twitter,” eWeek. March 23, 2009 (retrieved 7/8/09)
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  6. ^ Jerusalem Post: "Jews take 5 of top 6 spots in annual list of top US givers" By JACOB BERKMAN September 2, 2011
  7. ^ Jewish Philanthropy: "Jewish Philanthropy 2.0" February 23, 2011
  8. ^ Forbes: "Marc Benioff's Chance Encounter" by Victoria Barret May 27, 2010
  9. ^ San Francisco Gate: "Marc Benioff, CEO, makes philanthropy a priority" by Casey Newton July 24, 2011
  10. ^ Developers Conference keynote, May 21, 2007
  11. ^ "Epyx Adventures Weigh In". Softline. 1983-03. pp. 42–43. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Newton, Casey (August 28, 2011). "Apple all-star alumni recall Steve Jobs' lessons". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  13. ^ Carlye Adler, The Fresh Prince of Software. FSB: Fortune Small Business. March 1, 2003. (retrieved on 7/7/09)
  14. ^ "The smartest people in tech". CNN. July 9, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Businessperson of the Year". CNN. November 19, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Marc Benioff: CEO defied gravity in 2009 – San Francisco Business Times". December 27, 2009. 
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  18. ^ "The Short List". Forbes. December 30, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Commencement speaker Marc Benioff urges grads to ‘do something for others’". University of Southern California. May 16, 2014. 
  20. ^ Swartz, Jon (July 24, 2007). "Salesforce CEO leads charge against software". USA Today. 
  21. ^ (retrieved 7/7/09)
  22. ^ (retrieved 7/7/09)
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  24. ^ Guth, Robert A. (June 17, 2010). "UCSF to Get $100 Million for Hospital". The Wall Street Journal. 
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