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Meet the Billionaire Paying Off the Student Loans of Morehouse College's Class of 2019

1 month ago   |   By Fortune

Don't be too hard on yourself if you've never heard of Robert F. Smith, the billionaire who gave 400 graduates of Morehouse College the best graduation present of all time Sunday.
A tech executive and philanthropist, Smith has managed to largely stay under the radar despite his riches. That changed when he announced during his commencement speech at the school that he would be paying off the student loans of all of this year's graduates.
“On behalf of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country, we're going to put a little fuel in your bus,” said Smith. “This is my...
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Robert Smith Forgives the Student Loan Debt for 400 Morehouse Graduates

1 month ago   |   By Fortune

Today's raceAhead holds space for all the extraordinary college commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients who spoke from the heart this past weekend, nailed it, and then checked the news.
We know you did your very best.
But this this speech , delivered yesterday at Morehouse College by Robert Smith, the billionaire founder of Vista Equity Partners, is simply one for the ages:
"Men of Morehouse, you are surrounded by people who have helped you arrive at this sacred place on this sacred day," he said to the crowd. And then he paused. "On behalf of the eight generations of my...
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A look at the life of Robert F. Smith, the billionaire investor paying off student loans who owns homes in Malibu and NYC, and married a former Playboy model in a lavish Italian ceremony

A look at the life of Robert F. Smith, the billionaire investor paying off student loans who owns homes in Malibu and NYC, and married a former Playboy model in a lavish Italian ceremony

1 month ago   |   By Chron

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Robert F. Smith is a billionaire tech investor and philanthropist who founded and serves as CEO of Vista Equity Partners.
Smith just announced he will pay off the student debt of the entire graduating class of 2019 of Morehouse College in Georgia.
His grant to the class is reportedly estimated at $40 million.
Smith is worth an estimated $5 billion , according to Forbes.
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Robert F. Smith, CEO and founder of private...
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Meet Robert F. Smith, the billionaire tech investor who just pledged to pay off the student loans of a college's entire graduating class

Meet Robert F. Smith, the billionaire tech investor who just pledged to pay off the student loans of a college's entire graduating class

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Robert F. Smith is a billionaire tech investor and philanthropist who founded and serves as CEO of Vista Equity Partners.
Smith just announced he will pay off the student debt of the entire graduating class of 2019 of Morehouse College in Georgia.
His grant to the class is reportedly estimated at $40 million.
Smith is worth an estimated $5 billion , according to Forbes.
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Robert F. Smith, CEO and founder of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners , just announced he will pay off the student debt of the entire graduating class of 2019 of...
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Without student debt, Morehouse graduates will have more options, from careers to homes

1 month ago   |   By CNBC

Nearly 400 young men at Morehouse College learned on Sunday that their commencement speaker - billionaire investor Robert F. Smith - would pay off their student loans. Here's how that could change their lives.
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Meet Robert F. Smith, the billionaire tech investor who surprised Morehouse College's graduating class by announcing he'd pay off all their student loans

Meet Robert F. Smith, the billionaire tech investor who surprised Morehouse College's graduating class by announcing he'd pay off all their student loans

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Billionaire tech investor and philanthropist Robert F. Smith announced in his commencement speech at Morehouse College that he would be be paying off all of the student loans for the class of 2019.
Smith is the founder and CEO of private equity firm Vista Entity Partners, and he has also worked at Kraft Foods and Goodyear Tire.
He has a chemical engineering degree from Cornell University and a master's degree in business from Columbia University.
He married model and actress Hope Dworaczyk in an elaborate Italian ceremony in 2015, complete with performances by John Legend and Seal.
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A billionaire's vow to pay Morehouse graduates' loans isn't a surprise move, it's just the newest trend in the student-debt crisis

A billionaire's vow to pay Morehouse graduates' loans isn't a surprise move, it's just the newest trend in the student-debt crisis

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Private-equity tycoon Robert F. Smith vowed Sunday to donate a reported $40 million to pay off student loan debt for Morehouse College's graduating class of 2019.
While the rich have given universities generous gifts for decades, billionaires are addressing the ballooning student-debt crisis directly by paying the tuition of incoming students or writing checks for recent grads.
Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone recently donated $100 million to help make NYU a tuition-free medical school.
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