He’s the founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, an investment firm with over $26 billion in assets as of September 2016.
He’s ranked by Forbes as the 268th richest person in America.
He has an estimated net worth of $3 billion USD as of September 2016.
He’s Robert F. Smith and here is my take on his Top 10 Rules for Success.
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1. Develop your mind
He was born to two parents with PhDs, who were school teachers.
2. Trust yourself
He grew up in a mostly African American, middle class neighborhood in Denver, and attended a newly-integrated school.
3. Know your self worth
He trained as an engineer at Cornell University, earning his B.S. in Chemical Engineering.
4. Act on your intentions
After working at Kraft General Foods, where he earned two United States and two European patents, he attended Columbia Business School.
5. Dream big
From 1994-2000, he joined Goldman Sachs in tech investment banking, first in New York and then in Silicon Valley.
6. Be committed to your career
As Co-Head of Enterprise Systems and Storage, he executed and advised on over $50B in merger and acquisition activity.
7. Find your drive
He was the first person at Goldman Sachs to focus solely on Tech M&A and foreign countries.
8. Enjoy figuring things out
In 2000, Smith founded Vista Equity Partners, of which he is the Founder, Chairman and CEO.
9. Perfect your craft
In January 2015, based on its performance over the last 10 years, Vista Equity Partners was named the world’s #1 performing private equity firm.
10. Develop grit
He was named the Board Chairman of the 125-year-old Carnegie Hall; the first African American to hold that position.
Robert F. Smith rules of success
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