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Robert F. Smith (investor)

Robert F. Smith (investor)

Robert Frederick Smith is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist.

Robert Frederick Smith (born December 1, 1962) is a former chemical engineer and investment banker, he is the founder, chairman, and CEO of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. In 2018, Smith was ranked by Forbes as the 163rd richest person in America. He was No. 480 on Forbes 2018 list of the world's billionaires, with a net worth of US$4.4 billion. Smith was also included in Vanity Fair's New Establishment List. In 2017, Smith was named by Forbes as one of the 100 greatest living business minds. In a 2018 cover story, Forbes declared Smith the wealthiest African-American, surpassing Oprah Winfrey.



Robert F. Smith founded private equity firm Vista Equity Partners in 2000. It focuses exclusively on investing in software companies. With over $46 billion in assets, Vista is one of the best-performing private equity firms, posting annualized returns of 22% since inception.

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May 24, 2019

Vista Equity Partners is buying Infoblox for $26.50 a share in cash, or a 33% premium to the IT networking specialist's Friday closing price, creating a windfall for hedge funds Hound Partners and Starboard Value.

2018

He was No. 480 on Forbes 2018 list of the world's billionaires, with a net worth of US$4.4 billion.

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