Marc Benioff

Visionary & Pioneer of Salesforce

A visionary leader & pioneer of cloud computing Marc founded Salesforce in 1999, under his innovative leadership; Salesforce has grown from a ground-breaking idea into the fastest growing top ten software companies in the world.

Marc has since been named Businessperson of the Year by Fortune readers, one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron’s, and he received The Economist’s Innovation Award.

He is the author of three books, including the national best-seller, Behind the Cloud.

Salesforce’s mobile, social and connected cloud technologies help companies create deeper, more meaningful connections with their customers. For its revolutionary approach, Salesforce has been named the World’s Most Innovative Company four years in a row by Forbes Magazine. Fortune Magazine named Salesforce as the World’s Most Admired Company in the software industry two years in a row, and ranked the company #7 among the World’s Best Places to Work.

Throughout his career, Benioff has evangelized a new model of integrated corporate philanthropy. In 2000, he launched the Salesforce Foundation and established the “1-1-1 model,” whereby the company contributes one percent of product, one percent of equity, and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves globally. Today, the Foundation has inspired other leading corporations to adopt the 1-1-1 model. Benioff has focused his personal philanthropy on advancing children’s health care through UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.

A true veteran of the software industry, he founded his first company, Liberty Software, which created video games, at the age of 15. He also worked as an assembly language programmer in Apple Computer’s Macintosh Division during his college years.

He has also served as co-chairman of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee from 2003–2005.

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