Robert F. Smith

Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vista Equity Partners

Philanthropist, engineer and technologist. Recognized for industry leadership and commitment to the community. Hopes to use the Fund II Foundation to someday completely fund the education for STEM students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vista Equity Partners, an investment firm launched in 2000. Vista partners with enterprise software, data and technology companies to scale their businesses for long-term growth and success. Prior to starting Vista, began career at Good Year Tire and Rubber, followed by Kraft General Foods and later Goldman Sachs. As a philanthropist, supports many educational and technology-focused causes. In 2019, donated $34 million to Morehouse College graduates and to create the Student Success Program, which paid off the student debt for all of Morehouse’s 2019 graduates, along with any loans taken out for those graduates by their family members. 2016, personally contributed $30 million to Cornell University’s College of Engineering and to fund Tech Scholars for African Americans and women. The first African American to sign the Giving Pledge. Trustee, Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco. Founding Partner, REFORM Alliance. Inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame in 2019.

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