Robert F. Smith is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. Vista, founded in 2000, is a U.S.-based investment firm with more than $30 billion in cumulative capital commitments, and oversees a portfolio of over 35 software companies that employ over 45,000 employees worldwide. Vista focuses exclusively on enterprise software, data and technology enabled solutions sectors.
In 2016, Vista was named the world’s #1 performing private equity firm, according to the HEC-Dow Jones annual ranking and Smith was named Private Equity International’s “Game Changer” of the Year.
Prior to Vista, Smith was Co-Head of Enterprise Systems and Storage for Goldman Sachs and he also worked at Kraft General Foods, where he earned four patents. Smith earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, where the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering now bears his name. He also earned an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School. He serves as the Chairman of Carnegie Hall, Founding Director and President of the Fund II Foundation, Chairman of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Member of the Board of Over¬seers of Columbia Business School, and as a Member of the Cornell Engineer¬ing College Council, among others. In 2017, Smith was named as one of the “Philanthropy 50” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.