Thoughout her presidential run, Hillary Clinton has touted her business bona fides. On Thursday, her campaign released a list of more than 50 prominent business and tech leaders whose support she has won. Some of the names, like investor Warren Buffett, were to be expected--others not so much.
Several Republican-leaning executives said they would vote for Clinton, crossing party lines at least in part because of their antipathy toward her GOP opponent Donald Trump. In a press release from the campaign, former General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said Trump lacked the leadership, judgment, and temperament to be commander-in-chief, while AT&T senior executive vice president Jim Cicconi said a Trump presidency "would set our Nation on a very dark path."
Other well-known Clinton supporters on the list include Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt, Airbnb co-founders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia, Dropbox founder Drew Houston, Tumblr founder David Karp, Yelp co-founder Jeremy Stoppelman, Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus, and 23andme co-founder Anne Wojcicki. Here's a roundup of what some of them have said about the Democratic candidate.
Earlier this week, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tweeted about his allegiance:
The best thing tech can do to defeat Donald is to support Hillary. She is our nations greatest child advocate. https://t.co/DGojGqjGCN-- Marc Benioff (@Benioff) June 21, 2016
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who has previously supported Democratic campaigns, attacked the Republican candidate in a statement released with the list of Clinton supporters. "Trump would destroy much of what is great about America," he said, adding that Clinton was the leader the country needed.
Aaron Levie, co-founder of cloud-storage company Box, focused his support on the economic competitiveness of the country: "I'll be voting for Hillary this fall, because America needs a leader who will foster an economy built on innovation, diversity, intelligent immigration policy, and a progressive way of thinking," he said.
Buffett didn't issue a statement in conjunction with the list's release, but has long had ties with Clinton. The Berkshire Hathaway CEO appeared on a Clinton campaign video last year, in which he said that she "is going to use the brains and the energy with an incredible devotion to make sure that the people who want to work find America works for them."