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Marc Benioff: Visionary Founder of Salesforce, Philanthropist, and Tech Leader

Marc Russell Benioff was born on September 25, 1964, in San Francisco, California. Growing up in a city known for its tech innovation, Benioff displayed an early interest in computers. He attended the University of Southern California, where his passion for technology continued to flourish.

Early Career and Oracle: Benioff’s early career was shaped at Oracle Corporation, where he spent over a decade in various roles. His tenure at Oracle, working under Larry Ellison, provided invaluable experience and insights into the tech industry.

Founding Salesforce: In 1999, Benioff co-founded Salesforce, a cloud-based software company that pioneered the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. Salesforce revolutionized customer relationship management (CRM), offering businesses a scalable and accessible platform for managing customer data and interactions.

Cloud Computing Pioneer: Under Benioff’s leadership, Salesforce became a trailblazer in cloud computing. The company’s commitment to innovation and agility led to the development of a wide range of cloud-based applications, transforming how businesses approach software solutions.

1-1-1 Model and Philanthropy: Benioff is renowned for implementing the 1-1-1 model at Salesforce, pledging 1% of equity, 1% of employee time, and 1% of product to charitable causes. This philanthropic approach became a model for corporate social responsibility within the tech industry.

Social Activism and Equality: Beyond business, Benioff is a vocal advocate for social issues, championing equality and environmental sustainability. Salesforce under Benioff’s guidance has taken stances on issues such as LGBTQ rights and gender pay equality.

Acquisitions and Expansion: Under Benioff’s leadership, Salesforce expanded its portfolio through strategic acquisitions, including companies like Tableau and MuleSoft. These acquisitions broadened Salesforce’s capabilities, making it a comprehensive platform for businesses.

Tech Leadership and World Economic Forum: Benioff is recognized as a thought leader in the tech industry, addressing topics like the ethical use of technology and the role of businesses in societal change. He actively participates in global discussions, including engagements at the World Economic Forum.