David Duffield

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David Duffield
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David Duffield (2005)
Born 1941 (age 74–75)
Nationality American
Occupation Chairman of Workday, Inc.
Net worth US$6.9 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]

Philanthropy and Maddie's Fund[edit]

Duffield is also known for his philanthropic activities on behalf of animals. In 1994, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, established Maddie's Fund, originally named the Duffield Family Foundation.[7] In January 1999, the Board of Directors restructured the foundation, defined its mission, and adopted the current name.[7] The organization is named after Maddie, a Miniature Schnauzer who was a source of unconditional love and friendship for ten years, and a "lighthouse during the stormy period" of the couple's work careers.[7] Maddie died of cancer in 1997, and Dave Duffield has acted on his earlier promise, "If we ever make some money, I promise we will give it back to you and your kind so others can be as happy as we are today."[8]

The Duffields have endowed Maddie's Fund with more than $300 million, and have spent more than $153 million through fiscal year 2013-2014 to save the lives of dogs and cats.[8] The organization believes that the Duffields have given more of their personal wealth to the animal welfare cause than any other individuals.[8] "And although they don't want to make a big fuss over their unprecedented contribution, they do want to honor their cherished companion and the special bond they shared with her."[8]


2013 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award Recipient [9]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Cheryl Duffield. The couple deeply loved their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who died in 1997.[8]


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