May the Sales­force Be With You

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A PAS­SION­ATE Star Wars fan, Sales­force founder and CEO Marc Be­niof sur­rounds him­self with fig­urines of R2-D2, Princess Leia and Darth Maul. Ro­botic toy horses, Mr. Potato Head and a mon­ster­size stufed Sully com­plete the bil­lion­aire’s whim­si­cal menagerie, housed in his third-floor cor­ner ofce over­look­ing San Francisco’s Em­bar­cadero and its iconic Ferry Build­ing. It’s a far cry from the small apart­ment where he launched Sales­force in 1999, with servers stashed in a closet. His suc­cess has sparked his char­i­ta­ble side: Be­niof and his wife, Lynne, have given some $200 mil­lion to nu­mer­ous causes.

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