Paul Maritz
Paul Maritz
BornPaul Alistair Maritz
(1955-03-16) March 16, 1955 (age 67)
Alma materUniversity of Natal, University of Cape Town
  • Computer Scientist.
Spouse(s)Yaffa Maritz

Paul Maritz is a Zimbabwean born computer scientist who is based in the United States of America.

Personal Details

Born: 16 March 1955 in the then Rhodesia now Zimbabwe before moving to South Africa a the age of twelve. Maritz was born third in a family of four to an Afrikaner father and a Kenyan born mother of British descent. [1] Together with his parents and siblings, Maritz left Rhodesia for South Africa in 1967 after the political upheavals had intensified in the country.
Marriage: Maritz is married to Yaffa Maritz and the couple has three children.

School / Education

Paul was educated in South Africa. [2] He attended Highbury Preparatory School as well University of Natal where he attained a Bsc in Computer Science and University of Cape Town where he got a masters degree in computer science.[3]


After the completion of his studies, Maritz relocated to the United Kingdom where he worked for Burroughs as a programmer before joining the University of Saint Andrews as a researcher. [3] Paul joined Microsoft in 1986 after having spent five years at Intel Corporation which he had been part of since 1981. [4] At Microsoft Paul was in charge of operational development of the company's desktop, server and internet software including windows 95 and Internet Explorer. He was part of the company through one of the company's greatest growth phases and was number three in the pecking order behind Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. It is said that Maritz is the one who suggested to Bill Gates and Steve Balmer that the company drop OS2 in favour of Windows. [1] Paul also contributed significantly to the growth of the company. He founded Pi and became CEO before it was bought by IT giants EMC Corporation and his services were retained as CEO of VMware, a subsidiary of EMC Corporation. [4]


Browser War with Netscape

Microsoft's browser, Internet Explorer was at one point the giant in the market such that there was a lot of antagonism when a newcomer and rival Netscape began to challenge Internet Explorer's dominance. The rift that developed between the two companies was commonly referred to as the "browser war". Maritz was quoted in the legal battle which ensued as having said, "We are going to cut off their air supply" and "Everything they're selling, we're going to give away for free." After it had been established that Microsoft had engaged in unorthodox business practices and attempting to suffocate a competitor.


  • In 1997 Paul Maritz's net worth was valued at 132.5 million.


Maritz's keynote at EMC

Business transformation through IT

Cloud Foundry Summit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jay Greene, James V. Grimaldi Microsoft Trial -- Low-Profile Exec In Hot Seat, The Seattle Times, Published: January 17, 1999, Retrieved: March 11, 2015
  2. Paul Maritz, SnipView, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: March 10, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 Paul Maritz Opens The First Innovation Center In Asia For Pivotal, Jewish Business News, Published: October 24, 2013, Retrieved: March 11, 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 Duncan Mcleod SA-educated Maritz out at VMware, TechCentral, Published: July 17, 2012, Retrieved: March 10, 2015