Marc Benioff Tops Tech CEOs in 2013

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff may be the king of cloud computing, depending upon who you ask. He's also the top tech CEO of 2013, as surveyed by TheStreet's readers.

Benioff, 49, won the voting with 54% of the vote, taking in more than 1300 votes, according to those surveyed. A former Oracle executive, Benioff has continued to help lead the cloud computing revolution, turning software-as-a-service (SaaS) into a phrase. He's also continued to build out salesforce.com into more than just a traditional software company, focusing on making sense of social media.

Perhaps a sign that stock price and CEO performance don't always go hand-in-hand, shares of Salesforce.com have performed the worst out of the candidates mentioned, gaining 28.2% year to date.



Coming in behind Benioff was Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff, with 30% of the vote. Rascoff has turned Zillow into more than just a place where people go to check the price of their homes and their neighbors. Zillow is a legitimate business and is expanding into several initiatives, including rentals and mortgages.

Interestingly enough, Rascoff received the far majority of support in the comment section as well, with many Zillow employees expressing candor for their head honcho. "My CEO is better than your CEO ! GO SPENCER!!!," wrote one commenter. "Spencer is by far the hardest working employee at Zillow and it shows," wrote another.

Benioff and Rascoff were far and away the top vote getters, accounting for 84% of the nearly 2,600 people who responded. The next highest CEO on the list was Amazon's Jeff Bezos, who took in 8% of the vote.

Bezos and Amazon have touched on seemingly every sector out there, be it clothing, food, electronics, etc. The company has even moved into hardware, selling its Kindle lineup of e-readers, the Fire line of tablets amid rumors of an Amazon set-top box.

The 49-year old Bezos recently made headlines, during a 60 Minutes interview, where he talked about Amazon's foray into drones.