Greg Gianforte was born in San Diego, California on 17 April 1961, and he attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He founded his own software company in 1986, and he founded RightNow Technologies in Bozeman, Montana in 1997, selling it to Oracle Corporation for $1,500,000,000 in 2011. In 2016, he sought the Republican Party's nomination for governor of Montana, and he was defeated 50% to 46% by Steve Bullock, the Democratic Party governor. In 2017, he took part in a special election following Ryan Zinke's nomination as Minister of the Interior, and he was accused of body slamming a The Guardian reporter on 24 May 2017. He was charged with a misdemeanor crime, yet he defeated Democratic nominate Rob Quist with 50.2% of the vote to Quist's 44.1%.