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1: Marc Benioff was named as one of the Young Global Leaders by the members of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in the year 2009.

2: He was ranked as one among the 50 World’s Greatest Leaders by a Fortune Magazine, for his dedication, commitment to equality for all and other social issues as a CEO in the year 2016.

3: He was voted as Best Businessperson of the Year by Fortune readers and was also named as one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron’s. He was also the recipient of The Economist’s Innovation Award.

4: He received an award with an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Southern California on May 16, 2014.

5: His company Salesforce was ranked as one among the World’s Most Innovative Companies, for a total of 5 years in a row by Forbes Magazine.

6: In the entire IT software industry, his company was named as the World’s Most Admired Company for 4 years in a row, by Fortune Magazine.

7: Marc Benioff was included in a business leaders’ symposium organized by the Trump Administration during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the White House on March 17, 2017.

8: He was presented with the Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy in the year 2007. The next year he was invited to become the director of the board.

9: Marc Benioff’s 1-1-1 model of integrated corporate philanthropy, companies contribute 1 percent of equity, 1 percent of employee hours and the last 1 percent of the product back to all the communities it serves.

10: Salesforce and United Way created Philanthropy Cloud, a global platform that engages employees, customers, and partners with charities, enabling them to streamline philanthropic investments and real-time reporting, in 2018.

11: Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne have been recognized as one of the top philanthropists in the “50 Top Giver” list by Forbes America since the year 2015.

12: The couple announced a $100-million gift to The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) Children’s Hospital in an effort to help build the new hospital while significantly advancing children’s healthcare worldwide, in June 2010.

13: The Benioffs donated another $100 million to The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) and Oakland Children’s Hospital in 2014, following which both the hospitals were renamed as Benioff Children’s Hospitals.

14: The couple has also donated to The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization developing technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.

15: Since the year 2010, he along with his wife Lynne was ranked in the Philanthropy 50 list by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

16: He claims that businesses are the great platforms for bringing any change in the world and that he follows the World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab’s multi-stakeholder approach to leadership.

17: According to the approach, “All leaders should serve not only their shareholders but all stakeholders, including clients, employees, partners, communities and the environment, to make the world a better place”.

18: Marc Russell Benioff was born on September 25, 1964, in San Francisco, California, in a Jewish family. He went to the Burlingame High School, graduating in the year 1982, before going to the University of Southern California.

19: Benioff reportedly sold his first application, How to Juggle, for just $75, while he was still in high school. He also founded Liberty Software, creating and selling games such as Flapper for the Atari 8-bit, when he was just 15 years old.

20: Marc Benioff is the creator of the term “platform as a service” he has extended the reach of Salesforce by allowing all the customers to build their own native applications on the company’s architecture framework.


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