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Trojan Family: Lifelong and Worldwide

The moment you arrive at USC, you become a member of the Trojan Family - where everyone's got your back. This extraordinary alumni community of more than 380,000 Trojans spans the world, forming an influencial global network you will rely on throughout your career.

Our alumni have gone on to found and grow dynamic businesses in nearly every industry, from Marc Benioff of Salesforce, to Brandon Beck and Mark Merrill of Riot Games, to Aaron Levie of Box, Inc..... 

Brandon Beck and Marc MerrillBrandon Beck & Marc Merrill

CO-FOUNDERS AND CO-CEOS, RIOT GAMES
ALUMNI ENTREPRENEURS OF THE YEAR 2015

 

Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill met as undergraduates at USC and launched Riot Games in 2006 with the goal of becoming the most player-focused game company in the world. Riot Games released its acclaimed debut title, League of Legends, in 2009. Today, it’s played by over 100 million players every month (and growing). The company is headquartered in West Los Angeles, with offices around the globe. Fortune magazine has ranked Riot Games among the 100 best companies to work for.

Aaron Levie, Box, Inc. Aaron Levie

CEO & CO-FOUNDER, BOX
ALUMNI ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2014

Aaron Levie developed Box -- a fast growing enterprise content platform -- while at USC. In 2005, he and friend Dylan Smith launched the company as CEO and CFO, and Levie left school. Since then, Box has helped businesses of all sizes, including a Who's Who of Fortune 500 firms, be more competititve, collaborative and productive, managing data across any device, anywhere. Levie has been named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 and Fortune's 40 Under 40, and as Inc.'s Entrepreneur of the Year. 

Marc Benioff Chairman and CEO, SalesforceMarc Benioff

CHAIRMAN & CO-CEO, SALESFORCE
Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year 2004

Marc Benioff is Chairman, co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Salesforce and a pioneer of cloud computing. 

Under Benioff's leadership, Salesforce is the fastest-growing top-five enterprise software company and the #1 provider of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software globally. 

Benioff was named “Innovator of the Decade” by Forbes, ranked #3 on Fortune's 2017 "Businessperson of the Year" list, and recognized as one of the World’s 25 Greatest Leaders by Fortune and 15 Best-Performing CEOs by Harvard Business Review. For his leadership on equality, Benioff has been honored by GLAAD, the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and Variety Magazine with its EmPOWerment Award. 

A member of the World Economic Forum ("WEF") Board of Trustees, Benioff serves as the inaugural Chair of WEF's Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco. Benioff also serves as Chair of Salesforce.org, which redefined corporate philanthropy by donating 1% of Salesforce's equity, product and time to its communities. 

Benioff received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where he is on its Board of Trustees.