Graduating from West Point with a bachelor's degree in engineering, Smith, 58, has been the CEO and president of data center company Equinix (EQIX) since 2007. Smith served eight years in the U.S. Army, acting in one capacity as the aide-de-camp, or a confidential assistant, to the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Pacific. Earning an estimated $11.5 million in 2014, Smith has been in this industry for nearly 20 years, serving as the Senior Vice President of Worldwide HP Services at Hewlett-Packard and spending 16 years at Electronic Data Systems prior to taking the position as president and CEO of Equinix. The Redwood, Calif.-based internet services company's shares increased 34% over a 12-month period, from $238.65 in 2015 to $319.04 currently.
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