150. Marc Be­nioff

Forbes - - PROMOTION -

As a high school stu­dent, Be­nioff started his own busi­ness writ­ing games for Atari and Ap­ple com­put­ers and used his earn­ings to pay his tu­ition at USC. Then, as a col­lege sopho­more, he worked as a paid in­tern writ­ing soft­ware for Ap­ple. In 1999, af­ter 13 years at Or­a­cle, Be­nioff co­founded cus­tomer­man­age­ment soft­ware firm Salesforce. Its stock is up nearly 30% in the past 12 months, amid com­pany pro­ jec­tions that rev­enues will grow more than 24% this year. In Septem­ber, it launched a $50 mil­lion fund to in­vest in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence star­tups.

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