Marc Benioff Tops Tech CEOs in 2013

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Salesforce.com (CRM) 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 (ORCL) 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 (Z) 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 (AMZN) 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.

Coming in fourth place with 5% of the votes was Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg. After the aftermath of a brutal IPO in May 2012, the 29 year-old wunderkind has seemingly done no wrong.

The social networking giant has more than 1 billion users, and advertising revenue is expanding at a furious rate. For the third-quarter, Facebook topped $2 billion in quarterly revenue, and the stock is up more than 80% year-to-date. While those accolades are certainly impressive, it wasn't enough to earn Zuckerberg the top spot in the poll.

Coming in last place, with just 1% of the vote was Twitter (TWTR) CEO Dick Costolo. Costolo recently took his micro-blogging social networking company public, so perhaps voters were inclined to vote for others, given his lack of a track record as the CEO of a publicly traded company.

Twitter, which listed its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, wound up raising $1.82 billion in the process.

There were several other high-profile CEOs whose names were listed in the comment section. Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk received multiple comments, while Adobe's (ADBE) CEO Shantanu Narayen also received consideration.

--Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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