David Duffield

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David Duffield
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David Duffield (2005)
Born 1941 (age 72–73)
Nationality American
Net worth US$6.0 billion[1]

David Duffield (born 1941) is an American businessman in the software industry. He is the co-founder and former chairman of PeopleSoft, the co-founder and co-CEO at Workday, Inc., and has been on the Forbes World's Richest People list.

Early life[edit]

Duffield received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from Cornell University, and is the benefactor behind Duffield Hall,[2] a nanoscale science (or nanotechnology) and engineering facility at Cornell. While at Cornell, Duffield was a member of Beta Theta Pi.


Dave Duffield established two mainframe application software companies. He was CEO, chairman, and chief product architect at Integral Systems, the first company to offer DB2-based human resource and accounting systems. He also co-founded Information Associates, which specialized in applications for the higher education market. He began his career at IBM as a marketing representative and systems engineer.


Duffield founded PeopleSoft in 1987 and served as the company’s CEO and board chairman. PeopleSoft grew to be the world’s second-largest application software company before being acquired by Oracle in January 2005.[3]


In March 2005, Duffield and former PeopleSoft vice chair and head of product strategy, Aneel Bhusri, started Workday, a company[4] that provides financial management and human capital management software delivered in a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. The company is headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., and employed approximately 1,000 people in 2011,[5] with Duffield and Bhusri serving as co-CEOs at Workday. Duffield is also the company's chief customer advocate.[6]


Duffield is also known for his philanthropic activities on behalf of animals. Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, created Maddie's Fund[7] in 1999 to support the No-kill effort. Maddie's Fund is named for their Miniature Schnauzer, Maddie. The fund has an endowment of $300 million.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Cheryl Duffield.


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