10 Facts About Marc BenioffMarc Benioff is the CEO of cloud computing company SalesForce and is also one of the top philanthropists in the world. Here are 10 facts about the tech entrepreneur's extraordinary career and life. (Kimberly White | Getty Images for Fortune)
Benioff grew up in the San Francisco area, which is where he still lives today. While growing up in the '70s, he became highly interested in the tech industry. At age 15, he founded a software company and started selling games. After college at the University of Southern California and a long career at Oracle Corporation, he decided to launch his own company, SalesForce.
The business transformed from a startup in 1999 into a publicly traded company in 2004. SalesForce became a Software as a Service (SaaS) operation. Essentially, SalesForece was positioned to replace traditional software with better technology. Some of SalesForces' main services included App Cloud, Community Cloud, and AppExchange. Its main technologies include Apex, a proprietary programming language, and Lightning, the frontend of its main platform. The company made over $8 billion in revenue in 2017. Salesforce continues to grow and acquire other companies.
In addition to his impressive tech resume, Benioff is a generous person. He has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to various causes. He has also embedded his charitable philosophy into SalesForce. In return, Benioff has been honored by several organizations for his generosity.
How did Benioff start Salesforce? What did he initiate to ensure that Salesforce follows his humanitarian vision? What is he doing to make the world a better place?
Here are 10 facts about Marc Benioff's life and career.