Where Are They Now?: 1998 Industry Hall Of Fame Inductees


Charles Wang

Achievements: As Chairman and CEO of Computer Associates, Wang turned his company into the second-largest software-only company in America. Even more than his company's software development, Wang was known for the more than 20 acquisitions that took place under his leadership as well as his contribution to the channel. While transitioning the company, Wang made resellers a priority and established channel programs that caused some of the biggest tech names -- Microsoft and Sun Microsystems -- to take notice and enter into a strategic alliance with Computer Associates.

Today: Wang led Computer Associates -- later renamed CA and then CA Technologies -- until his retirement in 2002. The latter part of his tenure at CA was plagued by accounting scandals and class-action lawsuits. Wang remained unscathed even as his protege and successor, Sanjay Kumar, pled guilty to securities fraud charges and went to prison. Wang is the owner of the New York Islanders and is also involved in philanthropy, helping to fund the Chinatown Health Center's expansion.