They have recently reconciled, thanks to a multimillion-dollar business deal. And he was forever inspired by, and friends with, Jobs. His father, Russell, built a chain of apparel stores in San Francisco. Copies were given to all of the family and friends who attended Jobs' memorial, a service Jobs planned himself. He graduated from Burlingame High School in 1982. He loves Hawaii so much he used to wear Hawaiian shirts to work. high price to exercise options and sell chunks, Benioff said at TechCrunch Disrupt last year. The past few months have been spectacular for billionaire Marc Benioff and his 16-year-old company, Salesforce. S.F. He was there in 1984 during the famous introduction of the Macintosh. “This is a very, very big deal.”. Coronavirus live updates: California jobs recovery outpaces states where... More fare discounts likely for low-income Bay Area transit riders: ‘There... S.F. Benioff is considered a marketing genius, too. He signs his emails and annual repo… But the billionaire businessman does not typically buy art. He came from a well-to-do family. Sign up for 10 Things in Tech You Need To Know. He ran sales and marketing during Oracle's early days, from 1986 to 1999. Jill Tucker is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: jtucker@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @jilltucker. It’s unclear where the carving was before that. Benioff received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Southern California in 1986, where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Even though Salesforce is 16 years old and the Big Kahuna in its market, its fast growth rate is making investors love it. The donation was made by the University of California at San Francisco, which is home to The Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine. nary a nice thing to say about former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The billionaire signs his emails, “Aloha, Marc,” and likes wearing Hawaiian shirts. Some have returned home, others not yet,” Akaka said in a statement this week. Subscriber KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A billionaire tech entrepreneur with a home on Hawaii island has coordinated a donation of 1 million face masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus there. “It’s not really something that should be held to help the power of one person.”. He also recently backed HomeSwipe, whose trio of founders includes a 17-year-old coding genius, much as Benioff was himself. Jobs reportedly indulged in mediation and psychedelic drugs during a trek to India. Benioff is a new-age guy who loves yoga and meditation. And he advocates giving back. “It’s a spiritual item,” he said. will begin moving more than 500 homeless people out of hotels soon. Benioff loves facing his fears in adventures like walking across hot coals with Tony Robbins. “Today we can celebrate the arrival of this kii to Hawaii and to the Bishop Museum where it will serve as a symbol of great cultural pride as well as a reflection of Hawaii’s spiritual past.”. “I told him how fortunate and how grateful I am that he is part of our team.”. Marc Benioff built a huge compound on the island of Hawaii, the state’s largest island. Salesforce CEO and founder Marc Benioff helped arrange the estimated $1.9 million donation to Hawaii County Civil Defense, West Hawaii Today reported Sunday. They recently challenged each other to a public Fitbit contest to raise money for charity. Mayor Harry Kim has said Benioff is a member of his COVID-19 working group. ‘Huge, inappropriate gatherings’ in Solano County drove a coronavirus surge that may reverse reopening, Giants’ Charles Johnson dwarfs other team owners in political donations, report says, Coronavirus live updates: San Francisco is national big-city leader in keeping infection rates low. But under Satya Nadella, the two companies have become closer partners and friends. Things have been really going his way lately. She is a frequent guest on KQED’s “Newroom" television show and "Forum" radio show. His love of big parties continues. In 1979, at age 15, he founded his first company, Liberty Software, which wrote Atari video games. The masks are expected to be shipped in weekly installments of about 70,000 each for public distribution at COVID-19 testing sites and other venues. Salesforce CEO and founder Marc Benioff helped arrange the estimated $1.9 million donation to Hawaii County Civil Defense, West Hawaii Today reported Sunday. But it was “a big deal,” he said. legend and the matriarch of Chinese food in America, dies at 100, Say goodbye to another quirky S.F. A Bay Area native, Jill earned a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a bachelor’s degree from the UC Santa Barbara. school board members targeted by social media posts, ‘Kids being normal again’: Bay Area pandemic pods and hubs offer escape from boredom, loneliness, Cecilia Chiang, an S.F. The last gift Jobs ever gave him was a book. Mayor Breed nominates accessibility advocate with cerebral palsy to... Travelers from California to NY, NJ or Connecticut required to quarantine. But he says he's not a Democrat: "I'm not a Democrat and I'm not a Republican. He loves Hawaii so much he used to wear Hawaiian shirts to work. A 200-year-old carving of the war god Ku has returned home to Hawaii after spending untold years abroad and in the hands of private collectors. His company is on fire. Benioff came up with an idea that has generated millions of dollars for charitable causes from hundreds of tech companies. He was one of the youngest executives ever at Oracle. landmark — the Mondrian House at Ocean Beach, Jack Dorsey’s beard dominates online reaction to tech hearing. “We couldn’t imagine that such a work could still exist in a private collection.”. I was very successful. After that happened in Indiana, other states, like Arkansas thought twice about passing similar laws. It felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to return something like this to its home, Benioff added. “It was either going to go back into someone’s living room for another 200 years,” he said, “or it was going to go back to Hawaii and be on display for the Hawaiian people.”. When Salesforce opened offices in France, Benioff was invited to dine with French President Francois Hollande (pictured), too. Benioff joined Oracle in his early 20s working for CEO Larry Ellison. Koa has a job title at Salesforce, too: the CLO (chief love officer). he's up by about $1 billion from about a year ago. He was making $1 million a year at Oracle by age 25. He has donated about $250 million to build a new children's hospital with University of California at San Francisco. Years ago, before Salesforce.com's IPO, he rented out the San Francisco Giants' stadium and threw a $250,000 party featuring the B-52s. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff laughs with his wife Lynne Benioff during the grand opening ceremony of the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, Calif. Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Aloha, Marc.". Benioff gave his keynote anyway, at a nearby hotel. Benioff is an active angel investor who has backed a dozen or more companies. A 200-year-old carving of the war god Ku has returned home to Hawaii after spending untold years abroad and in the hands of private collectors. Benioff is a former executive of his largest competitor today: Oracle. Dell and Benioff are wrist-computer workout buddies, and if Benioff misses too many workouts, Dell will call him and ask about it. The carving, made sometime between 1780 and 1819, had been in the collection of Claude Vérité, a Paris art dealer, who apparently acquired it in 1940. KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - A billionaire tech entrepreneur with a home on Hawaii island has coordinated a donation of 1 million face masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus there. “Over the years, many of Hawaii’s cultural treasures have resided outside of Hawaii. "When I came to Oracle, I was 21 years old," he said. He swam with dolphins and “embraced the spirit of Aloha,” according to Saleforce’s online information. Google to Box are among the companies that have adopted it. The conference and party has grown so big that this year he hired a cruise ship to provide extra hotel space. A few months ago, Benioff was active in the effort to get Indiana to change a law that critics said discriminated against gay people. Students at some San Francisco high schools headed back to class, A bloody glove and swastikas: S.F. By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Business Insider And he has begun to use his clout as a vehicle for social change far beyond the tech sphere. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. The carving was returned to the islands about a month ago — the land-eater idol arriving about a week before the eruption of the Kilauea volcano — the timing of which was not lost on Benioff. Benioff supported President Obama, hosting fund-raising dinners for the president at his house. he hired a cruise ship to provide extra hotel space. But Oracle still thinks of Salesforce as a major competitor, and Benioff doesn't hang out with Ellison in Hawaii, he once said. He also gives to the local schools, and he launched SF Gives, an organization that encourages tech companies to give to Bay Area charities. “It’s to us and we’re very thankful.”. He reportedly bought the land for $12.5 million in 2000 and spent years designing it, even launching his own construction company to build it, The Wall Street Journal reported back in 2006. Marc Benioff pays $7M to return rare Hawaiian war god relic to the islands, Here's what you need to know to start your day. Most of that wealth comes from the company he founded, Salesforce.com, where he is CEO. He reportedly bought the land for $12.5 million in 2000 and spent years designing it, even launching his own construction company to build it, The Wall Street Journal reported back in 2006. Today every major software company is chasing him, including huge companies like Oracle, Microsoft, and SAP. Her work has generated changes to state law and spurred political and community action to address local needs. Benioff is also the cousin of David Benioff, cocreator of the "Game of Thrones" TV series on HBO and son of former Goldman Sachs CEO Stephen Friedman. Benioff never did drugs but did turn to meditation to "straighten myself out a little bit," he says. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne, purchased the rare piece at a November auction at Christie’s in Paris, paying more than $7 million for the figure, which is less than 2 feet tall. As people left, they were handed a box and inside was a book about spiritual growth by Yogananda called the "Autobiography of a Yogi. A San Francisco native, Benioff chose that city as the headquarters for Salesforce, which grew to be the largest tech employer there. “What a gift for the people of Hawaii Island,” Kim said. If I like someone, I'll give them money, but I'm not particularly close to anyone.". I had what I thought I wanted. Over $5 billion in revenue is a big milestone for a 100% cloud-computing company. Benioff is breaking records with the growth of his company. Ellison invested $2 million as an angel and sat on the board for a while. “It’s not to every island, it’s not to every state,” Hawaii County Council Finance Director Deanna Sako said. Where will they go? For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death. It has six bedrooms, seven full and two half bathrooms, and 9,821 square feet of interior space, according to Honolulu Magazine. He still gets sentimental for those days. Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne recently purchased ki�i (image) representative of the Hawaiian god Ku� from the collection of Pierre and Claude Ve�rite� through a public auction held at Christie�s Paris in November 2017 and donated it to the Bishop Museum of Hawaii. He's been known to hang with: Deepak Chopra, MC Hammer, Richard Branson, David Bowie, Uma Thurman, Colin Powell, Billy Graham, the Dalai Lama, Chris Rock, and Zen monks in Kyoto. He helped create a whole new category of tech called "software as a service.".