Robert F. Smith

Robert F. Smith ’94
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Vista Equity Partners, Texas

Robert F. Smith is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. Vista currently manages equity capital commitments of over $28 billion and oversees a portfolio of over 35 software companies that employ over 42,000 people worldwide. Under Mr. Smith’s leadership, Vista has exclusively focused on the enterprise software, data, and technology-enabled solutions sectors. Previously, he worked for Goldman Sachs, where he focused on technology mergers and acquisitions, and for Kraft General Foods, where he earned four patents. He holds a BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Mr. Smith has been recognized with numerous accolades, including 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; and the Columbia Business School Black Business Students Association Distinguished Alumni Award.

Mr. Smith is chairman of the board of trustees of Carnegie Hall and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, as well as a member of the Cornell Engineering College Council and a trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco.