278. Thomas Siebel

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When Siebel set out to raise cap­i­tal for his lat­est startup, “the un­der­stand­ing was the com­pany would be suc­cess­ful or I would die try­ing,” he says. To­day pri­vate in­vestors value his In­ter­net of Things soft­ware com­pany, C3IOT, at $1.4 billion. Once ap­par­ently Larry El­li­son’s (No. 5) top sales­man at Or­a­cle, he left to start soft­ware firm Siebel Sys­tems in 1990, then sold it to his former em­ployer 16 years later for $5.8 billion in stock and cash. He is a true sur­vivor—hav­ing lived through an at­tack by a rogue ele­phant on an African sa­fari.

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