Bob Parsons, best known as the founder of GoDaddy, is widely recognized for his entrepreneurial and philanthropic efforts. Currently, Bob is a member of the GoDaddy Board of Directors and is the CEO and founder of YAM Worldwide, which is home to his entrepreneurial ventures in the fields of motorcycles, golf, real estate, marketing, innovation and philanthropy.
Bob Parsons is a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He attended college at the University of Baltimore on the G.I. Bill and graduated magna cum laude. His alma mater presented him with an honorary doctorate in 2008 and named him Distinguished Entrepreneur in 2010.
Bob’s first endeavor was Parsons Technology, a software company he started in his basement in 1984 after teaching himself how to write computer programs. When Parsons Technology was sold to Intuit, Inc. in 1994 for $64 million, the company had nearly one thousand employees, $100 million in annual revenue and three million customers.
Three years later, in 1997, Bob Parsons started GoDaddy. Today, GoDaddy is the world's largest domain name registrar. In 2011, he sold a majority stake in GoDaddy in a deal that valued the company at $2.3 billion.
In 2012, Bob and his wife Renee founded The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, which has awarded more than 277 grants to charitable organizations.
A self proclaimed golf nut, Parsons founded Parsons Xtreme Golf to design and develop the finest golf clubs ever played.