24 Facts About Marc Benioff


Marc Russell Benioff was born on September 25,1964 and is an American internet entrepreneur and philanthropist.


Marc Benioff was raised in a Jewish family in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Marc Benioff is the grandson of Marvin Lewis, a prominent California trial attorney and once-time member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who championed the creation of the BART system.


Marc Benioff grew up in Hillsborough and graduated from Burlingame High School in 1982.


Marc Benioff received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Southern California, where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, in 1986.


Marc Benioff is a second cousin of showrunner and television writer David Marc Benioff, known for Game of Thrones.


Marc Benioff is married to Lynne Benioff and has two children.


In 1979, when he was 15, Marc Benioff founded Liberty Software, creating and selling games such as Flapper and King Arthur's Heir for the Atari 8-bit.


Marc Benioff joined Oracle Corporation in a customer-service role after graduating.


Marc Benioff worked at Oracle for 13 years in a variety of sales, marketing, and product development roles.


Marc Benioff extended Salesforce's offerings in the early 2000s with the idea of a platform that allowed developers to create applications.


Marc Benioff serves on the World Economic Forum's Board of Trustees and USC Board of Trustees.


In 2019, Marc Benioff started Time Ventures, a venture capital fund that has invested in multiple companies, including Commonwealth Fusion Systems, Universal Hydrogen and NCX.


Marc Benioff is a member of Business Roundtable, an advocacy group of CEOs, and the Business Council.


In November 2021, Marc Benioff became co-CEO of Salesforce when Bret Taylor's promotion to co-CEO was announced.


In 2009, Marc Benioff was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and is a member of its board of trustees.


In 2016, Marc Benioff announced a $10 million donation to the University of California - Santa Barbara to establish the Marc Benioff Ocean Initiative.


In January 2020, Marc Benioff announced that he and his wife would provide financial backing for 1t.


In March 2020, Benioff procured 50 million pieces of personal protective equipment for hospitals and COVID-19 first responders in the United States.


In October 2021, Marc Benioff pledged a $200 million donation to plant trees and fund ecologically-focused entrepreneurs.


Marc and Lynne Benioff have been included in lists of top givers by Forbes and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.


In March 2015, Benioff announced Salesforce would cancel all employee programs and travel in the state of Indiana after the passing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill that would allow companies and individuals to choose not to serve LGBT individuals based on religious beliefs.


In February 2016, Marc Benioff announced that Salesforce would reduce investments in Georgia and cancel a conference if HB 757, a bill that would allow businesses to decline services to same-sex couples, was passed.


In September 2021, Marc Benioff announced that Salesforce would relocate any Texas employees who wanted to move after an abortion law went into effect.