Charles B. Wang, an entrepreneur and deal-maker who built a multibillion-dollar software business and became a majority owner of the New York Islanders, died on Sunday at his home in Oyster Bay, N.Y. He was 74.
The cause was lung cancer, said John McEntee, a lawyer representing Mr. Wang and his family.
Mr. Wang (pronounced Wong) was a contentious figure in the software industry. He was a Chinese immigrant who built a successful company. But he also became a symbol of lavish executive pay and was embroiled in an accounting scandal, though he was never formally charged.
By the end of the 1990s, Computer Associates, which Mr. Wang co-founded and led, was the world’s third-largest software maker, trailing only Microsoft and IBM in sales. Yet the business, focusing on behind-the-scenes software programs, was not widely known outside the industry. Many of the programs managed digital operations in corporate computer centers.
Mr. Wang, the chairman and chief executive, was fond of calling Computer Associates “the biggest software company nobody ever heard of.”
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Charles B. Wang, Software Entrepreneur and New York Islanders Owner, Dies at 74