Thomas Siebel
Thomas Siebel
Tom Siebel 2013.png
Thomas Siebel in 2013
Born Thomas M. Siebel
(1952-11-20) November 20, 1952 (age 65)
Chicago, Illinois
Residence Woodside, California[1]
Nationality United States
Alma mater B.A., M.S., M.B.A.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Occupation Software developer and investor
Known for Founder of Siebel Systems
Net worth Increase $2.0 billion (May 2014)[1]
Stacey Siebel
Children four[1]
Parent(s) Arthur F. Siebel
Ruth Schmid
Website Thomas M. Siebel

Thomas M. Siebel (born November 20, 1952) is an American business executive. He is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of C3 IoT, an IoT (Internet of Things) platform and applications company. He is the Chairman of First Virtual Group, a diversified holding company with interests in investment management, commercial real estate, agribusiness, and philanthropy.[2]

Early life and education

Siebel was born in Chicago, one of seven children of Arthur Francis Siebel, a Harvard-educated lawyer, and Ruth A. (née Schmid) Siebel, a housewife.[3][4][5] He has five brothers and one sister: Frances Cihak; Richard (who served as Cook County Commissioner), James, William, Robert, and John.[6] His family was Lutheran.[3][6][7] Siebel is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a B.A. in history, an M.B.A., an M.S. in computer science,[8] and an honorary doctorate of engineering.[9]

Business career

From 1984 through 1990, Siebel was an executive at Oracle Corporation, where he held a number of management positions.[10][11] Siebel served as chief executive officer of Gain Technology, a multimedia software company that merged with Sybase in December 1992.[11] Siebel was the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Siebel Systems,[12] which was acquired by Oracle in January 2006.[13] Siebel is the chairman of First Virtual Group, a diversified holding company.[2]

Siebel has been a frequent industry spokesperson. His books include: Cyber Rules (1999), and Taking Care of eBusiness (2001) published by Doubleday, and Virtual Selling (2002), published by the Free Press.[14]

In 2015, Siebel founded the Siebel Energy Institute to research the data management of energy infrastructure monitoring data.[15] He is currently Chairman and CEO of C3 IoT.[16]

Honors and awards

In 2013, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences elected Tom Siebel as a member along with some of the world¹s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders.[17] According to the news release, since its founding in 1780, the Academy has elected leading "thinkers and doers" from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the eighteenth century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the twentieth.[17] The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.[17]

Siebel serves on the Board of Advisors of the Stanford University College of Engineering, the University of Illinois College of Engineering, and the University of California at Berkeley College of Engineering.[18][19] He is a Director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University,[20] and is the Chairman of the Board for the American Agora Foundation.[21] He was a member of the Trustees of Princeton University from 2008 to 2011.[22] He is the Founder and Chairman of the [Montana Meth Project]][23] and the Siebel Scholars Foundation,[24] and Chairman of the Siebel Foundation. He was ranked #5 and #3 of the world's top 25 philanthropists by Barron's Magazine in 2009 and 2010, respectively.[25][26] In 2007 and 2008, he was named one of The 50 Most Generous Philanthropists by BusinessWeek.[27]

Siebel received the David Packard Award for his achievements as a technology entrepreneur and his contributions to national security from the Business Executives for National Security in 2002 and was named one of the Top 25 Managers in the World by BusinessWeek in 2000 and 2001.[28][29]

In 1999, 2000, and 2001, Fortune magazine recognized Siebel Systems as the fastest, third fastest, and second fastest growing company in the United States, respectively.[30][31][32][33] The company earned other awards under Siebel's leadership:

  • One of the 50 best companies to work for in Silicon Valley by San Jose magazine in 2004[34]
  • The Entrepreneurial Company of the Year, Harvard Business School, 2003[34]
  • Among IT 100 List of Top-Performing Companies in High Tech - BusinessWeek, 2001[34]
  • The World's Most Influential Software Company - BusinessWeek, 2000[34]
  • The Most Influential Company in IT, Intelligent Enterprise, 2000[34]
  • Fasting Growing Technology Company, Deloitte & Touche, 1999[34]

Call Center Magazine inducted Siebel to its Hall of Fame in 2000 in recognition for contributions to the business and technology of customer service.[34] CRM Magazine inducted him into its inaugural CRM Hall of Fame in 2003 in recognition of his vision, strong leadership, and enduring commitment to innovation.[35] He has also been named:

  • Top 10 CEOs - Investor's Business Daily, 2000[34]
  • University of Illinois Presidential Award and Medallion, 2001[36]
  • One of Top 25 Managers in Global Business - BusinessWeek, 1999 to 2001[29]
  • One of the Top 25 Executives - Computer Reseller News, 2001 and 2002 (Readers Choice in 2002)[34]
  • CEO of the Year - Industry Week, 2002[37]
  • David Packard Award - Business Executives for National Security, 2002[28]
  • Thomas M. Siebel, Master Entrepreneur of the Year - Ernst & Young, 2003[38]
  • Lewis & Clark Pioneers in Industry Award - University of Montana, 2006[39]
  • The 50 Most Generous Philanthropists - BusinessWeek, 2007, 2008[27]
  • Lincoln Academy Laureate - The Lincoln Academy of Illinois (Illinois' Highest Honor) 2008[40]
  • Engineering at Illinois Hall of Fame - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010[41]
  • Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship - The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution, 2010[42]
  • Ranked #5 of the World's Top 25 Philanthropists - Barron's, 2009[25]
  • Ranked #3 of the World's Top 25 Philanthropists - Barron's, 2010[26]
  • Alumni Achievement Awards - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013[41]
  • One of the World's Top 25 Eco-Innovators - FORTUNE magazine, 2014[43]


The Siebel Foundation (founded 1996) is active in support of the homeless and underprivileged, educational and research programs, methamphetamine abuse prevention, and alternative energy solutions.[44] The Siebel Foundation created the Siebel Scholars Foundation, the Siebel Energy Institute, the Dearborn Scholars Fund in Montana, and the Montana Meth Project.[2][45] The Office of National Drug Control Policy awarded the Meth Project a White House commendation as the most influential prevention campaign in 2006, and Tom Siebel accepted the award on the program's behalf.[46] He was also recognized for his work on the program with the 2006 Director's Community Leadership Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.[47][48][49][50][51]

In 2001, Siebel donated $32 million to his alma mater, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to build the Siebel Center for Computer Science, opened in spring 2004.[52] In 2006, Siebel donated $4 million to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to establish two endowed full professorships, the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the History of Science and the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science.[53] Siebel pledged an additional $100 million gift to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007.[54]

In 2005, Siebel founded the Montana Meth Project.[45] Siebel continues to develop philanthropic initiatives.[48][49][50][51]

Political involvement

From 2009 to 2014, Siebel made a total of $335,300 in political contributions. Approximately 90% of this was independent and 10% was for Republican Party candidates.[1]

In September 2008, Siebel hosted a campaign stop for Sarah Palin at his home.[55][56][57][58]

In 2013, C3 Energy hosted former Senator Max Baucus from Montana, and Siebel and Baucus discussed the ways in which information technology addresses the utility industry's big data challenge.[59]

In April 2014, Congresswoman Jackie Speier from California met with C3 Energy executives, including Siebel, to discuss how the latest developments in IT are being applied to the power grid.[60]

Personal life

A part-time Montana resident, Siebel owns and operates the Dearborn Ranch in Wolf Creek, Montana, a working cattle ranch.[61] Siebel's time in Montana has lasted 35 years.

Elephant incident

On the morning of August 1, 2009, he and a guide were in Tanzania, observing a group of elephants from 200 yards away, when an elephant charged Siebel's guide and then turned on Siebel, breaking several ribs, goring him in the left leg, and crushing the right.[62][63] They radioed for help, but it was three hours before he received any medical treatment.[62] He was flown to the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, where they cleaned his wounds and stabilized his leg. He was then flown back to the United States on a 20-hour flight with only 10-hours of morphine and 15 hours of fluids. He had lost half of his fluids and was put in the intensive care unit.[64] He was moved to Stanford Hospital where, over the next six months, they performed 11 surgeries, fixed his ribs and shoulder, and saved his left leg.[63]

In September 2010, a year after the attack, Siebel had undergone 16 surgeries and an Ilizarov apparatus external fixator to mend, lengthen, and reshape the tibia of his right leg.[64] After enduring 19 reconstructive surgeries total over two and a half years, Siebel has now made a full recovery.[65] In 2013, National Geographic included Siebel's account in its TV series Dead or Alive: Trampled on Safari[66]



  1. ^ a b c d Forbes: The World's Billionaires - Thomas Siebel May 2014
  2. ^ a b c Develpixel. "First Virtual Group". Retrieved 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Chicago Tribune: "Obituary - Siebel, Ruth A." January 27, 2006
  4. ^ Wilmette Public Library newspapers Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 17 Nov 1955, p. 1 retrieved April 2, 2013
  5. ^ "Full text of "Brown alumni monthly"". Retrieved 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 12 Feb 1987, Obituaries, p. 125 retrieved April 2, 2013
  7. ^ Chicago Tribune: "Obituary Arthur F. Siebel February 08, 1987
  8. ^ Businessweek: "TOM SIEBEL--CEO, Siebel Systems Inc." By Gabrielle Saveri August 14, 1997
  9. ^ University of Illinois News Release: "Four Chosen to Receive Honorary Degrees at U. of I. May Commencement" By Sharita Forrest February 16, 2006
  10. ^ Top Tech Execs: Tom Siebel, Forbes
  11. ^ a b Tom Siebel, Fast Company
  12. ^ Siebel, Tom; Fryer, Bronwyn (1 March 2001). "High-Tech the Old-Fashioned Way: An Interview with Tom Siebel of Siebel Systems". Harvard Business. Harvard Business School. Retrieved 2011. 
  13. ^ Wynne, Bob; Bessinger, Krista (January 31, 2006). "Oracle Completes Acquisition Of Siebel" (Press release). Oracle Corporation. Retrieved 2011. 
  14. ^ " Thomas M. Siebel: Books". Retrieved 2016. 
  15. ^ Tilley, Aaron (August 5, 2015). "Tech Billionaire Tom Siebel Launches Institute To Tackle Proliferation Of Power Grid Data". Forbes. Retrieved 2016. 
  16. ^ Nusca, Andrew (February 25, 2016). "Tom Siebel, Tech Pioneer, Bets Big on the Internet of Things". Fortune. Retrieved 2016. 
  17. ^ a b c American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects National and International Scholars, Artists, Philanthropists, Business and Civic Leaders American Academy of Arts & Sciences, April 24, 2013
  18. ^ Stanford University
  19. ^ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  20. ^ Hoover Institution
  21. ^ American Agora Foundation
  22. ^ Princeton University, September 23, 2011
  23. ^ "The Meth Project". Retrieved 2016. 
  24. ^ "A Class Apart: About the Siebel Scholars Program". Retrieved 2016. 
  25. ^ a b The 25 Best Givers 2009, Barron's
  26. ^ a b The 25 Best Givers 2010, Barron's
  27. ^ a b The 50 Most Generous Philanthropists, BusinessWeek
  28. ^ a b Business Executives for National Security Honor Thomas M. Siebel with David Packard Leadership Award, Canadian Corporate News
  29. ^ a b The 25 Top Managers of the Year, BusinessWeek
  30. ^ Superstar Tom Siebel Spells out the Basics, The Wharton Journal
  31. ^ FORTUNE's 100 Fastest-Growing Companies 1999, Fortune magazine
  32. ^ FORTUNE's 100 Fastest-Growing Companies 2000, Fortune magazine
  33. ^ FORTUNE's 100 Fastest-Growing Companies 2001, Fortune magazine
  34. ^ a b c d e f g h i U of I Deans Distinguished Business Lecture Series Spring 2010
  35. ^ CRM Magazine Inducts Thomas M. Siebel into CRM Hall of Fame August 27, 2003
  36. ^ Presidential Award and Medallion presented to Thomas M. Siebel, University of Illinois
  37. ^ CEO Of The Year -- The King Of Customer, Industry Week
  38. ^ Northern California Ernst & Young Recognizes Thomas M. Siebel as Master Entrepreneur of the Year, Business Wire
  39. ^ Lewis & Clark Pioneer In Industry Awards Honor Tom Siebel And William Allen Montana Associated Technology Roundtables, September 3, 2006
  41. ^ a b University of Illinois Alumni Awards, University of Illinois
  42. ^ Woodrow Wilson Awards, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  43. ^ The World's Top 25 Eco-Innovators FORTUNE, May 1, 2014
  44. ^ Develpixel. "First Virtual Group". Retrieved 2016. 
  45. ^ a b The Anti Drug Lord, Good Magazine, June 2008
  46. ^ Huffington Post article: "The Anti-Drug Lord" by Corey Binns June 18, 2008
  47. ^ Salt Lake City Community Outreach Federal Bureau of Investigation
  48. ^ a b Catalytic Philanthropy - Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2009
  49. ^ a b The Mercury News Interview: Tom Siebel, chairman of First Virtual Group and the Siebel Foundation., Brandon Bailey, Mercury News, 06/19/2009
  50. ^ a b Tom Siebel: The Energy Free Home Challenge, Forbes, June 2009
  51. ^ a b Back to the Garage: How Economic Turmoil Breeds Innovation, Wired (magazine), December 2008
  52. ^ Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science
  53. ^ Thomas M. Siebel Chair
  54. ^ U of I announces record $100 million gift from Alumnus Thomas Siebel, University of Illinois
  55. ^ Silicon Valley Republicans to welcome Palin to tech giant's Woodside fundraiser: While California Republicans aren't counting on carrying California in November, they are seizing the GOP VP candidate's sudden stardom to raise cash in the state. Mary Anne Ostrom, Mercury News, September 6, 2008
  56. ^ Woodside fundraiser for Palin popular, but Democratic women in Silicon Valley skeptical about the Palin effect, Mary Anne Ostrom and Linda Goldston, Mercury News, September 12, 2008
  57. ^ Palin cancels stop in California, Mary Anne Ostrom, Mercury News, September 18, 2008
  58. ^ Breaking bread with Sarah Palin, Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, September 18, 2008
  59. ^ C3 Energy Hosts Senator Max Baucus, August 21, 2013
  60. ^ C3 Energy Hosts Congresswoman Jackie Speier, April 29, 2014
  61. ^ "MGWA: Siebel Foundation". Retrieved 2016. 
  62. ^ a b Tech mogul Tom Siebel injured by elephant, by Julia Prodis Sulek and Brandon Bailey, Mercury News, 09/03/2009
  63. ^ a b A Golfer Never Forgets, by Jerry Tarde, Golf Digest, July 2010
  64. ^ a b Tom Siebel On Being Gored By An Elephant, as told to Steven Bertoni, Forbes magazine, 10/11/2010
  65. ^ Thomas Siebel, Forbes magazine, 6/26/14
  66. ^ Trampled on Safari, National Geographic, 6/26/14

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