[13][14][15] Epyx published his King Arthur's Heir, The Nightmare, Escape from Vulcan's Isle, and Crypt of the Undead,[16][17] and by 16, Benioff was earning royalties of $1,500 a month, enough to pay for college. He announced that Salesforce would reduce investments in Georgia and cancel an annual conference if the bill was passed as-is. It could prove a valuable channel for Salesforce to reach new customers for its own sales-tracking tools. We need clearer information on how the virus works so that we can avoid it. Slack could benefit from having a deep-pocketed parent that sees it more as a platform to sell its own high-margin product than as a standalone money-maker. Salesforce has been named one of the World's Most Innovative Companies five years in a row by Forbes Magazine. [63] He was included in the ZDNet's 2017 list of "21 other CEOs we'd like to see run for president". Jack Dorsey, the head of Square and Twitter, took to the social app he runs to express his opposition to Proposition C, drawing ire from its most vocal supporter, Salesforce chief Marc Benioff. Marc Benioff was pushing for Salesforce to buy Twitter until an accident changed his mind cnbc.com Billionaire Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff says capitalism is dead and needs a reboot Marc Benioff, the billionaire who has emerged as a spokesperson for a more liberal and civically active Silicon Valley, is stepping away from partisan politics. So judged through the prism of returns on invested capital, payback from a deal would be many years off. He received The Economist's Innovation Award. Yes, Benioff would be buying Slack’s existing growth, and expensively so, since it trades at a higher multiple of sales than Salesforce itself. Childhood. Have a confidential tip for our reporters? Benioff ended up abandoning the approach for Twitter as ongoing discussions dragged the shares even lower. [3], While still in high school, Benioff sold his first application, How to Juggle, for $75. Benioff led a similar movement in February 2016 against Georgia's HB 757, the First Amendment Defense Act. He follows the World Economic Forum founder, In March 2015, Benioff announced Salesforce would cancel all employee programs and travel in the state of Indiana after the passing of SB 101, the. [26], Benioff supported Hillary Clinton for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election. It was the summer of 2011, and I was working on a profile of his surging interest in philanthropy, which had vaulted him into the uppermost ranks of the city’s donors. He served as co-chairman of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee from 2003 to 2005. Then he slipped on a curb and sliced his knee open on his way to … Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: ‘Without Twitter, you wouldn’t have President-elect Trump’ Still, Salesforce investors pushed him to pass on a possible acquisition. Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal. [15], While at USC, Benioff had internships as an assembly language programmer at the Macintosh division of Apple Computer. Under Mr. Benioff’s leadership, Salesforce has become the fastest-growing top-five enterprise software company and the #1 CRM provider globally. Marc Benioff was pushing for Salesforce to buy Twitter until an accident changed his mind cnbc.com Billionaire Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff says capitalism is dead and needs a reboot Marc Benioff/Twitter In 2010, Benioff donated $100 million to build the Children's Hospital at the University of California at San Francisco. The company is suffering from Microsoft Corp.’s decision to offer its competing Teams product for free to users of its Office software suite. Marc Benioff, Chair & Chief Executive Officer of Salesforce, provides customers with a blueprint for how we're handling the Covid-19 outbreak at Salesforce. Indeed, Slack’s stock is already trading above the 30% premium level, indicating that the market expects a higher bid. In June 2010, they announced a $100-million gift to UCSF Children's Hospital. Ring any bells? [25], On September 16, 2018 Marc and his wife Lynne bought Time for $190m. Salesforce.com Inc.’s $27.7 billion takeover of Slack Technologies Inc. represents co-founder Marc Benioff’s most aggressive effort yet to challenge reigning software maker Microsoft Corp. This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners. [2] He is the founder, chairman and CEO of Salesforce, an enterprise cloud computing company. To have his name put on it, he had to give them millions more. The snag is that Slack is not expected to generate any meaningful operating profit for years. The first billionaire I ever interviewed was Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce. But it proved a step too far, although it … Back in 2016, it was Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff’s circling of Twitter Inc. that prompted investors to flee . WE ARE SO CLOSE! That would make returns even harder to realize. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff wants to abolish Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Marc Russell Benioff (born September 25, 1964) is an American internet entrepreneur, with a net worth of $7.8 billion as of May 2020. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff just released a new book, Trailblazer. Marc Benioff Bio @salesforce @time All Tweets Are My Own Tweets 29,9K Followers 1,0M Following 3,1K Account created 01-03-2009 04:16:24 ID 22330739 Free Instagram Followers [10][11], Marc is a second cousin of showrunner and television producer David Benioff. originally appeared on Quora: the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. The outspoken executive talks to us about trust, worker uprisings, and the time he tripped and decided not to buy Twitter Slack, meanwhile, has a sophisticated collaboration platform that smoothly integrates enterprise tools made by third parties. Here's the list of prominent people who have donated, including Elon Musk, Jeffree Star, and even the CEO of YouTube", "Marc Benioff just planted 900,000 trees and brought us over 14 million!!!!!!!!!!!!! 10 (tied): Marc R. and Lynne Benioff", The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Young Tech Donors Take Leading Role in Philanthropy 50" By Alex Daniels and Maria Di Mento, The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Bequests Put Conservative Billionaire Richard Scaife Atop List of America's 50 Biggest Donors" By Maria Di Mento and Drew Lindsay, "Benioffs Donate $100 Million for New Hospital - UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital", UCSF News Center: "UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital Oakland Receive $100M Gift From Lynne And Marc Benioff", "YouTuber MrBeast's tree-planting campaign reached its goal of raising $20 million. [18] He expected to continue programming after college, but USC professors advised Benioff to obtain customer-oriented work experience and he joined Oracle Corporation after graduation in a customer-service role. [64], He was also part of MAchar AZA #1887 in the organization BBYO, Salesforce.com Developers Conference keynote, May 21, 2007, "The rise of Marc Benioff, the bombastic Salesforce CEO and owner of Time Magazine, who has a $6.5 billion fortune and owns a 5-acre compound in Hawaii", Jerusalem Post: "Jews take 5 of top 6 spots in annual list of top US givers" By JACOB BERKMAN, Jewish Philanthropy: "Jewish Philanthropy 2.0", Financial Times: "Why can't San Francisco's tech culture solve the city's social problems?" Credit Benioff for having a longer term vision. The 1960s were an era of protests. 2. The decade was dominated by the Vietnam War, Civil Rights Protests, Cuban Missile Crisis, antiwar protests and saw the assassinations of US President John F. 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