“GLM 40” Highlight in Business & Finance: Robert F. Smith

Our GLM staff have selected Robert F. Smith as a honorable highlight in the area of Business & Finance. Robert F. Smith is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. He directs Vista’s investment strategy and decisions, firm governance, and investor relations. Vista currently manages equity capital commitments of over $44 billion and oversees a portfolio of over 50 software companies that employ over 55,000 people worldwide. Since Vista’s founding in 2000, Mr. Smith has overseen over 360 completed transactions by the firm representing over $110 billion in transaction value. In 2017, Smith was named by Forbes as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds. Born in Colorado to two parents with PhDs, Mr. Smith trained as an engineer at Cornell University, earning his BS in Chemical Engineering. Following his MBA from Columbia Business School with honors, Mr. Smith worked at Kraft General Foods, where he earned two United States and two European patents. Mr. Smith’s business achievements and global philanthropic works have received recognition from numerous entities – including the Morehouse Candle Award in Business and Philanthropy, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Chair’s Award, the Reginald F. Lewis Achievement Award, the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Robert Toigo Foundation, the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the Award of Excellence from the National Association of Investment Companies, the Pierre Toussaint Award from the Archdiocese of New York, the Columbia University BBSA Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Ron Brown Scholar Program American Journey Award. We are proud to recognize Robert F. Smith in the area of Business & Finance in our 2018 “GLM 2018” Highlights Edition!

Website:  https://www.vistaequitypartners.com/