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America’s richest Black billionaire Robert F. Smith’s firm crosses $100-billion asset mark

by Omokolade Ajayi
Robert F. Smith

Robert F. Smith, America’s richest Black billionaire, has proudly revealed that his global technology investment firm, Vista Equity Partners, has reached a significant milestone by exceeding $100 billion in assets under management.

Smith made the announcement via a LinkedIn post, expressing his happiness. “I am thrilled to share that Vista Equity Partners has achieved an incredible milestone of surpassing $100 billion in assets under management. I recognize there are many people who made it possible, and I appreciate the journey that led us here,” Smith wrote.

Since its inception over two decades ago, Vista Equity Partners has grown significantly, amassing a dedicated team of more than 650 professionals spread across the globe.

The firm has become a leading player in the technology sector, with its remarkable success attributed to the leadership of Smith.

Smith highlighted that Vista Equity Partners had achieved remarkable financial growth and remained committed to social responsibility.

The firm has consistently extended support to the communities it operates in, with a particular emphasis on creating opportunities for individuals who have historically been marginalized.

In recent times, Vista has been particularly active in the technology sector, accomplishing 18 monetization events since Nov. 30, 2021. These events encompassed various strategies, including full and partial exits, recapitalization, block sales, and follow-on offerings, collectively generating a staggering value of $18 billion.

Under Smith’s guidance, Vista has realized substantial gains, amounting to $14.3 billion through monetization since 2021. Notably, an unrealized value of $3.7 billion remains yet to be captured, underscoring the firm’s continued growth potential.

Earlier this year, Vista Equity Partners agreed to sell software company Apptio to International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) in a transaction valued at $4 billion.

The move came after IBM announced plans to invest up to $5 billion in the acquisition of Apptio, further cementing the company’s pivotal role in the technology sector.

Vista initially acquired Apptio in 2018 for $1.94 billion, marking a premium of 53 percent over the stock price at that time. Following the acquisition, Apptio, specializing in online IT budget management, forecasting, and analysis services, has flourished under the company, attracting esteemed clientele and fostering innovation within its product offerings.

Smith’s journey from being a prominent technology investor to America’s richest Black billionaire since 2018, after surpassing Oprah Winfrey, has been marked by transformative achievements. The remarkable milestone of Vista Equity Partners crossing the $100-billion mark in assets under management is a testament to his visionary leadership.

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