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Marc Benioff

Chairman & CEO, Salesforce

Last Edit: July 26, 2016

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September 25, 1964

Marc Russell Benioff born in San Francisco, CA to Russell (an apparel store chain owner) & Joelle.

1979

With friends, 15 yr old Marc founds Liberty Software which creates video games for the Atari 800.

1982

Marc graduates from Burlingame High School, a public school in San Mateo County, California.

1982

Marc earns royalties of ~$1,500 a month from video games he helped program and write.

1984

Marc works in Apple Computer's Macintosh division as an assembly language programmer.

1986

Marc graduates with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

1986

Marc joins Oracle as a Sales Consultant.
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1987

Oracle selects Marc as "Rookie of the Year".
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1989

Marc becomes the youngest Vice President at Oracle.

1993

Marc makes a $50,000 investment in Siebel Systems, which is later a Salesforce competitor.

1996

Marc goes on sabbatical in India & Hawaii. He says in HI, he had the idea for Salesforce.com.
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1999

Marc receives more than $20 million when he sells his shares in Siebel Systems.

1999

Marc leaves Oracle in March & founds Salesforce.com, with its first software launching in the fall.
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2000

Marc launches the Salesforce Foundation with a "1-1-1" model of corporate philanthropy.
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2000

Marc asks that Oracle's Larry Ellison leave Salesforce.com's board of directors.
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2001

Salesforce.com CEO Dillon resigns. Marc takes on CEO role in addition to being Board Chairman.
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2003

President George W. Bush appoints Marc as the co-chair of the President’s IT Advisory Committee.
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Mid 2003

Salesforce.com achieves its first ever profitable quarter in Q2 of 2003.

2004

"Compassionate Capitalism," a book on integrated corp. philanthropy co-authored by Marc, launched.

2004

Marc is named Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year by USC Marshall School of Business.
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6/23/2004

Salesforce.com's IPO raises $110 million.

2005

Marc is selected as a member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.
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2006

Siebel Systems acquired by Oracle, creating time & space for Salesforce to dominate the CRM field.

2006

Marc marries Lynne Krilich.

2006

Marc's 2nd co-authored book—also on philanthropy—"The Business of Changing the World" launches.

2007

Marc given Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award by Committee Encouraging Corp. Philanthropy.

2009

Marc's 3rd co-authored book “Behind the Cloud”—about the story of Salesforce.com—is published.

2009

Marc is honored by The San Francisco Business Times as its 2009 Executive of the Year.
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2010

Salesforce's Power of Us program announces $10M each for 5 southeastern San Francisco non-profits.

2010

Marc is named as one of 50 "Smartest People in Tech" by Fortune magazine.
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2010

The Benioffs pledge $100M to UC San Francisco to build a children's hospital at Mission Bay.
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2011

The Benioffs & Salesforce Fdn. donate $1.8M to Star Community Home to help San Francisco's homeless.

2012

Marc is appointed as one of 27 national co-chairs of the Obama re-election campaign.
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2012

The Benioffs & Salesforce Fdn. give $500K+ (matched by city govt.) to help San Francisco's homeless.
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2012

The Benioffs increase their donation to San Francisco homeless families aid to $2M+.
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2013

T4A.org, a network of entrepreneurs & public leaders formed as nonprofit. Marc is on the board.
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2013

Salesforce.com launches Power of Us online community hub for non-profits and education.
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2013

Marc donates $2.7M to San Francisco's public middle schools, supporting innovation & IT.
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2014

Marc personally leads raising of $10M from tech companies for SF Gives regional antipoverty program.

2014

The Benioffs give another $100M to UCSF for expansion, merging of SF & Oakland children's hospitals.
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2014

Plans unveiled for $690M office expansion in new 61-story skyscraper in SF, named Salesforce Tower.
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2014

Marc receives honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from USC & gives commencement speech.
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2014

Salesforce software suite tailored and discounted for nonprofits announced.
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2014

Marc donates another $5M to San Francisco's public middle schools, supporting tech education.
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2014

Marc says he wants to give away over $1 billion to good causes by 2024.
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2014

Marc joins w/ Scott Farquhar, Atlassian CEO, to launch movement to spread 1/1/1 philanthropy model.
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2014

Marc donates another $6M to SF's public middle schools, with a $100M long-term goal in mind.

2015

Salesforce sponsors U2's "iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE" tour ($1M in philanthropy-related co-branding).
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2015

Marc & Salesforce successfully lead business boycott pressure on Indiana to change an anti-gay law.
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2015

Marc gives commencement speech at UC Berkeley.
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2016

Salesforce.com pledges $5M to Global Fund & (RED)'s international anti-AIDS efforts.
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2016

Marc is elected to the World Economic Forum's Board of Trustees.
1960s

September 25, 1964

Marc Russell Benioff born in San Francisco, CA to Russell (an apparel store chain owner) & Joelle.

1970s

1979

With friends, 15 yr old Marc founds Liberty Software which creates video games for the Atari 800.

1980s

1982

Marc graduates from Burlingame High School, a public school in San Mateo County, California.

1982

Marc earns royalties of ~$1,500 a month from video games he helped program and write.

1984

Marc works in Apple Computer's Macintosh division as an assembly language programmer.

1986

Marc graduates with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

1986

Marc joins Oracle as a Sales Consultant.

1987

Oracle selects Marc as "Rookie of the Year".

1989

Marc becomes the youngest Vice President at Oracle.

1990s

1993

Marc makes a $50,000 investment in Siebel Systems, which is later a Salesforce competitor.

1996

Marc goes on sabbatical in India & Hawaii. He says in HI, he had the idea for Salesforce.com.

1999

Marc receives more than $20 million when he sells his shares in Siebel Systems.

1999

Marc leaves Oracle in March & founds Salesforce.com, with its first software launching in the fall.

2000s

2000

Marc launches the Salesforce Foundation with a "1-1-1" model of corporate philanthropy.

2000

Marc asks that Oracle's Larry Ellison leave Salesforce.com's board of directors.

2001

Salesforce.com CEO Dillon resigns. Marc takes on CEO role in addition to being Board Chairman.

2003

President George W. Bush appoints Marc as the co-chair of the President’s IT Advisory Committee.

Mid 2003

Salesforce.com achieves its first ever profitable quarter in Q2 of 2003.

2004

"Compassionate Capitalism," a book on integrated corp. philanthropy co-authored by Marc, launched.

2004

Marc is named Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year by USC Marshall School of Business.

6/23/2004

Salesforce.com's IPO raises $110 million.

2005

Marc is selected as a member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.

2006

Siebel Systems acquired by Oracle, creating time & space for Salesforce to dominate the CRM field.

2006

Marc marries Lynne Krilich.

2006

Marc's 2nd co-authored book—also on philanthropy—"The Business of Changing the World" launches.

2007

Marc given Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award by Committee Encouraging Corp. Philanthropy.

2009

Marc's 3rd co-authored book “Behind the Cloud”—about the story of Salesforce.com—is published.

2009

Marc is honored by The San Francisco Business Times as its 2009 Executive of the Year.

2010s

2010

Salesforce's Power of Us program announces $10M each for 5 southeastern San Francisco non-profits.

2010

Marc is named as one of 50 "Smartest People in Tech" by Fortune magazine.

2010

The Benioffs pledge $100M to UC San Francisco to build a children's hospital at Mission Bay.

2011

The Benioffs & Salesforce Fdn. donate $1.8M to Star Community Home to help San Francisco's homeless.

2012

Marc is appointed as one of 27 national co-chairs of the Obama re-election campaign.

2012

The Benioffs & Salesforce Fdn. give $500K+ (matched by city govt.) to help San Francisco's homeless.

2012

The Benioffs increase their donation to San Francisco homeless families aid to $2M+.

2013

T4A.org, a network of entrepreneurs & public leaders formed as nonprofit. Marc is on the board.

2013

Salesforce.com launches Power of Us online community hub for non-profits and education.

2013

Marc donates $2.7M to San Francisco's public middle schools, supporting innovation & IT.

2014

Marc personally leads raising of $10M from tech companies for SF Gives regional antipoverty program.

2014

The Benioffs give another $100M to UCSF for expansion, merging of SF & Oakland children's hospitals.

2014

Plans unveiled for $690M office expansion in new 61-story skyscraper in SF, named Salesforce Tower.

2014

Marc receives honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from USC & gives commencement speech.

2014

Salesforce software suite tailored and discounted for nonprofits announced.

2014

Marc donates another $5M to San Francisco's public middle schools, supporting tech education.

2014

Marc says he wants to give away over $1 billion to good causes by 2024.

2014

Marc joins w/ Scott Farquhar, Atlassian CEO, to launch movement to spread 1/1/1 philanthropy model.

2014

Marc donates another $6M to SF's public middle schools, with a $100M long-term goal in mind.

2015

Salesforce sponsors U2's "iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE" tour ($1M in philanthropy-related co-branding).

2015

Marc & Salesforce successfully lead business boycott pressure on Indiana to change an anti-gay law.

2015

Marc gives commencement speech at UC Berkeley.

2016

Salesforce.com pledges $5M to Global Fund & (RED)'s international anti-AIDS efforts.

2016

Marc is elected to the World Economic Forum's Board of Trustees.

2016

2016

Marc & Salesforce lead corporate boycott pressure on Georgia to reject an anti-gay bill & win.

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