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Robert F. Smith (investor)

American billionaire investor

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


Billionaire Robert F. Smith's $34 million gift to Morehouse grads includes parent loans

Billionaire Robert F. Smith and his family have donated $34 million to Morehouse College to pay off 2019 graduates' student loans and parent loans.
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To the Class of 2019, thoughts from Oprah Winfrey, Mike Pence, Ken Jeong, Robert F. Smith and other commencement speakers

What Oprah Winfrey, Vice President Mike Pence, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Ken Jeong, investor Robert F. Smith and others are telling this year's grads.
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A Pledge to Pay Morehouse Students’ Debt Prompts Elation, Envy and a Host of Questions

Robert F. Smith pledged to wipe out the debt of the graduating class at Morehouse College. Now the students are anxiously waiting to hear what happens next.
NYTimes.com - Published

Morehouse College surprised by student loan gift

Billionaire Robert F. Smith surprised the Morehouse College 2019 graduating class by helping erase their student loan debt. The gift was even a surprise to the school's president. Mark Strassmann..
CBS News - Published

Robert F. Smith paid Morehouse student loans. What about those of us without a billionaire?

The billionaire said Sunday he would use his wealth to wipe the slate clean for 400 students. The graduates cheered. The rest of us looked on in envy.
USATODAY.com - Published

Robert F. Smith gift to Morehouse highlights burden of student loan debt: Three fast facts

Robert F. Smith's Morehouse gift highlights the financial burden carried by many American graduates. Here are three fast facts about student loan debt
USATODAY.com - Published

Who is Morehouse billionaire benefactor Robert F. Smith?

Investor worth $5 billion pledged to pay off $40 million in student debt for Morehouse College's entire class of 2019
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A Billionaire Will Pay Morehouse Students’ Debt. This Reaction Was Priceless.

The look on the face of Henry Goodgame, who was sitting behind Robert F. Smith when the billionaire announced that he would pay off the class of 2019’s debt, says it all.
NYTimes.com - Published

'I'm so salty': Twitter reacts to Robert. F. Smith's vow to cover Morehouse grads' debt

Morehouse College keynote speaker Robert F. Smith said his family is going to eliminate student loans for the 2019 graduating class. Twitter reacts.
USATODAY.com - Published

Morehouse graduation speaker pledges to pay off student loans for school's class of 2019

Billionaire investor and philanthropist Robert F. Smith pledged to pay off the student loan debt of the Morehouse 2019 graduates.
USATODAY.com - Published

Morehouse College commencement speaker will pay off student debt for Class of 2019

Billionaire technology investor Robert F. Smith is reportedly spending an estimated $40 million to send the graduating class off without debt.
CBS News - Published

Billionaire pledges to pay off student loan debt for Morehouse College class of 2019

Robert F. Smith surprised the nearly 400 graduates of the historically black, all-male college during his commencement address.
USATODAY.com - Published

Billionaire tells college grads he'll pay their student loans

Billionaire Robert F. Smith announced he plans to pay off an estimated $40 million in student loan debt
CBS News - Published

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