- Birthday17th Aug, 44
- Birth PlaceUnited States
- Marital statusDivorced
Founder and CEO of the world’s largest business software company Mr. Larry Ellison is not only one of the world’s richest persons alive but is also one of the most flamboyant and outspoken of the lot. A cavalier business personality, he knows how to dress for occasions with his tailor made Italian suits and shirts making him look as if he was born to be a billionaire. Ellison was born to an unwed 19 year old mother. When he was just nine months, her mother gave his child to be adopted by her aunt and uncle in Chicago.
It was 48 long years, before Ellison met his biological mother. In 1977, Ellison and his two colleagues Robert Miner and Ed Oates found a company called Software Development Labs, where they came across a paper called “A Relational Model of Data for large Shared Data Banks, which became the basis of their soon-to-be-found fortune. His prime came in 2000, when for a brief period of time he left behind Bill Gates to become the richest person in the world. Other than the humongous amount of wealth that he has, Ellison is known as a quite multi faceted character: a brusque businessman, marketing genius and a playboy. Owing to his voracious appetite for new estates, he has been tagged as the newest trophy buyer in the country.
He follows a simple approach, “Buy the best, without compromise”. The scores of properties he has includes two holdings in Woodside, California, a hotel and two restaurants in Malibu along with two other homes, a 249-acre state in Palm Springs, which he got for $49 million and a garden property in Kyoto Japan worth at least $86 million. Ellison has a penchant for adventures, sailing and outdoor sports that has cost him more than a few million dollars and made him rivals with a few fellow billionaires (read Paul Allen). He has two grown children, Megan and David, both dabbling in the movie business, and is recently divorced from his most recent wife, romance novelist Melanie Craft.
- When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts.
- A corporation's primary goal is to make money. Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of that money and give it to others.
- Bill Gates is the pope of the personal computer industry. He decides who's going to build.
- Bill Gates wants people to think he's Edison, when he's really Rockefeller. Referring to Gates as the smartest man in America isn't right... wealth isn't the same thing as intelligence.
- I have had all of the disadvantages required for success.
- It's Microsoft versus mankind, with Microsoft having only a slight lead.
- Our goal is very simply to become the desktop for e-businesses.
- “If an innovative piece of software comes along, Microsoft copies it and makes it part of Windows, ... This is not innovation. This is the end of innovation.”
- “Microsoft is already the most powerful company on earth, but you ain't seen nothing yet,”
- “I think the applications space will be diverse and complex five years from now,”
- "Building Oracle is like doing math puzzles as a kid."
- "It's Microsoft versus mankind, with Microsoft having only a slight lead."
- "Everyone thought the acquisition strategy was extremely risky because no one had ever done it successfully. In other words, it was innovative."
- "I think after a certain amount, I’m going to give almost everything I have to charity. What else can you do with it? You can't spend it, even if you try. I've been trying."
- “We will still be enormously profitable and by far the most profitable enterprise software company.”
- "I think the applications space will be diverse and complex five years from now,"
- "What they're doing is not the least bit subtle. The result of all the innovation will be bankruptcy for Netscape,"
- "My impression is that we're gaining share, ... More and more people are using Oracle."
- "I've never experienced anything remotely like this. It's been a very emotional experience to get here. This is not what this is supposed to be about. A lot of us are upset."
- "Microsoft isn't good at security. We're good at that and I don't think sending a memo is going to help,"
Did you know?
- Larry Ellison did not meet his biological mother until he was 48.
- He was born out of wedlock to a 19-year-old girl, and was raised by her aunt.
- Dropped out of University of Chicago.
- Ellison is one of the richest people in the world and founded the Ellison Medical Foundation.
Family & relationships
Larry Ellison has recently added Porcupine Creek to his ever growing list of real estates. This amazing piece of property, which has a 19-hole golf course was bought by Ellison from Yellowstone club founder Edra Blixseth for an astronomical $39.2 million.
Although it was put on sale with a price tag of $75 million, but it dropped to $55 million and was again marked down to $42.9 million for Ellison. Covering 249 acres, the Porcupine has 16 bedrooms.
The interiors are innatey decorated with rare medieval artifacts and furniture. The whole home has a classic vintage feel to it. There is a pool which faces scenic mountains, providing ultimate leisure experiences for the Ellisons. The 19 hole golf course was ranked 13th best in California golf digest.
The dining hall
The entrance of creek
Interior view of mansion
Malibu mansionAnother expansive playground for the rich, this house was bought by Ellison from music producer David Foster in 2005 for $20 million. The property is composed of a guesthouse, pool, tennis court and on-site pool among other luxuries. The compound, which also includes nine bedrooms and three recording studios, has its own funicular- a self-contained cable railway, which is used to cart guests from the mansion on down to the pool. This property is nothing less than a palace and is only one of the 12 homes in Malibu, which have a reported total value of more than $200 million.
Turkey Lane MansionLarry Ellison bought this one in November 2005 for $23 million. This estate is just at mile’s length from his Japanese styled prime residence and is a combination of two lots spread over 6.88 acres of land. The property features a four-bedroom, three-bathroom house which has a colonial architecture. What more, it also has two five-stall barns, which apparently housed Ellison’s horses. However, the trophy buyer, who has around 15 properties all over the globe worth more than $200 million, is set to lose $4m on this estate as he has listed it at an asking price of $19 million.
Beechwood MansionLarry Ellison made a tremendous investment of $10.5 million for his beechwood mansion. The best feature of this mansion that attracted Ellison to own this is the ample space. The mansion boasts a receiving room, ballroom, formal dining room, music room and morning room. This location is perfect to make seating arrangement for approximately 100-150 guests and also has a huge terrace and an expensive lawn.
Woodside MansionLarry Ellison has splurged his wealth over many piece of properties, of which this is the prominent one. According to reports Ellison’s Octopus Holdings LP bought the estate in May 1995 for $ 12 million. He spent more than US $ 70 million to refurbish it and turn it into a 16th century Japanese emperor’s countryside mansion with seven bedrooms, a traditional tea house, bath house, gardens, a koi pond and waterfalls on 2.8 acres. The estate spreads includes a 7,800-sq ft main house, 9 other buildings and sits on a 2.3-acre, man-made lake. The estate now has an estimated worth of $70 million.
San Francisco HomeLarry purchased this home back in 1988 for a measly sum of $3.9 million. Located at the very posh Pacific Heights, the extends over 10,000 square feet, and features 5 bedrooms. The home, which provides sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, got itself embroiled in legal battle when Larry sued his neighbors for letting their trees get too tall and obstructing his views. According to reports in a leading daily, Larry hired an attorney who specializes in tree disputes and is claiming loss of natural light and views in his suit against his neighbors, Bernard and Jane Von Bothmer.
Lake Tahoe EstateAccording to reports Ellison has spent over $100 million in the past few years to consolidate three adjacent properties on the Lake Tahoe region. The property has about 420 feet of lake frontage, and two private piers. The complete structure which composes of a main house with a pool and spa, a beach house, a cottage and a writer’s cabin extends over 18,000 square feet of living space.
Lake Tahoe estate
The master suite
Infinite swimming pool
Patio at backyard
The living area
The billiards room
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison owns multiple properties along the exclusive and pricey Carbon Beach in Malibu and has just expanded his real estate portfolio with a lavish oceanfront mansion in Malibu, California for $37 million. Designed by noted architect Michael Graves, the minimalist steel and glass structure was previously owned by former Yahoo CEO, Terry Semel. Semel had originally listed the home for $50 million, but the sale is still dubbed as the most expensive real estate transaction in Malibu for the year.
Location: Carbon Beach, Malibu, California
Accommodation: Ellison’s modernist beach house sits on a three-quarter-acre patch of land right at the beach. The property includes three main structures including a film screening room/living area, a guest house and the main house. In all, the property is spread out over 10,317 square feet of living space with 9 bedrooms, 13 baths and a lavish 151 feet of beachfront.
Features: Constructed around a modern theme, Ellison’s Carbon Beach home comprises of three different pavilions built around distinct themes. The main house features 6 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms with spacious and airy living areas. The pavilion is marked by ceiling to floor windows that open up to stunning views of the sea and the lawn.
The guest house attached to the main house comprises of a two storey structure boasting of two full baths, three bedrooms and a wet bar attached to a large living room. The guest house also features a sunning deck on the first floor and opens up in the property’s dining gazebo, spa area/swimming pool and luxuriant lawn. The last pavilion in the property is a screening room which is marked by a distinct barrel-lined ceiling. Featuring a copper-sheathed domed roof, the room is studded with round dormer windows.
Neighborhood: Semel’s new home lies squarely in the heart of Malibu’s Carbon Beach which is also nicknamed the “Billionaire’s Beach” since the neighborhood is home to some of the wealthiest folks in the U.S. The immaculate and tranquil oceanfront locale is studded with homes owned by industrialists and Hollywood A-listers alike. Some of the better known residents of Carbon beach include Hollywood moguls Haim Saban, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, former Yahoo CEO Terry Semel and actors Jennifer Aniston and Courtney and David Cox-Arquette.
Elegant swimming pool
Beautiful garden in front
One of the living hall
The living hall
Pavilion over is the barrel-ceilinged screening room
The guest house
Enjoy sunset view from home
The beachfront home
Beautiful entrance gate
The living hall
Sayonara racing yacht
He owns this 180-foot yacht which he used for racing in the 94th annual race to Mackinac.
Larry Ellison owns a one of the largest Feadships. His Musashi yacht measures 88m and has been designed by acclaimed Dutch design agency Sinot Yacht Design. Hull of superyacht Musashi was actually built by Feadship’s dedicated hull-building facility in Papendrecht, Holland. Once the hull was completed it moved to Makkum where she has been outfitted and got its finishing touches.
Features: Musashi got her name form the most famous samurais in Japanese history and reflects one of her namesake's most unique qualities. The yacht exemplifies an exceptional style that is a direct result of the mutual efforts involving the highly skilled teams of De Voogt and Sinot. The designer has not only designed the interior and exterior but has also handpicked minutest items like cutlery, paintings and furniture.
Accommodation: The roomy upper-deck lounge is one of the best places on the yacht. With the capacity to lodge a company of up to 18 guests, this area shows a darker, more intimate and richer character with generously sized, custom designed furniture. The yacht is big enough to provide the owner and the guests their privacy. The yacht has exceptional large widows to give luxurious feel both inside and outside. The grand windows guarantee ample amounts of natural light throughout Musashi's interiors. The complete yacht is designed in an elegant manner without a single purposeless design, just clean look.
Specs: Motor yacht Musashi is propelled by 4 propellers and shafts as driven by quadruple MTU 16V 4000 M90 marine diesel engines which are rated at 3,650 hp or 2,721 kw – giving a joint power of 14,600 Horse power or 10,887 kilowatts.
The master stateroom
The upper deck
Luxury has no limits
The Oracle CEO’s intense passion for nature is well known, and he proved it once again by acquiring 98 per cent of the majestic Lanai Island, which is Hawaii’s sixth-largest island in terms of acreage. The tech billionaire bought the 141 square mile island for an undisclosed price, the estimated asking price reported to be in the range of $500-$600 million. Larry purchased the exotic property from colleague David Murdock, a Los Angeles billionaire who monitors Dole Food Co. and various other businesses under the registered name Castle & Cooke Inc. According to the filed documents, the acquisition will include two luxury resort hotels, two golf courses and clubhouses.
Location: The mammoth island is located in Hawaii, USA.
Accommodation: Two contrasting Four Seasons resorts are available on the Island Lanai, one at Manele Bay and other at Koele. The Manele Bay resort is a beachfront lodge offering panoramic views of the Pacific, while that at Koele is a country manor-style one. Luxurious rooms, fine dining, full service spa and tennis court facilities are offered by both the premier Four Seasons resorts.
Features: Lanai, ranked as the sixth-biggest Hawaiian island, standing at 141 square miles, is sparsely inhabited, and used to be a pineapple plantation at one point of time. The pineapple operations were halted at a later stage to pave the way for resort and home development. Unspoiled charm is ensured by the Island’s 400 miles of unpaved roads, 30 miles of paved roads, and high caliber golf courses.
Hawaii’s most enticing Island, Lanai is the ultimate destination of untouched tranquility. The romantic island is a true retreat for everyone as it offers solace from the messy crowds and chaos of everyday life. The two exquisite Four Seasons Resorts on the charming Island present the perfect elegance and amenities for a memorable stay.
Larry Ellison owns a Gulfstream V. This jet top the list of his favorites, since it is the least automated and provide complete manual control. He got it for a modest 41 million dollars.
Gulfstream V Cockpit
Larry Ellison owns a Citation X aircraft. This aircraft has been the winner of Robert J. Collier Trophy in the year 1996. It boasts a top speed of 530 KTAS (Knot true air speed). It is well equipped with both slats and flaps and has good runway performance.
Time management machine
Larry Ellison loves to do sea sailing whenever he has time for that. It makes him feel relaxed and satisfied as he loves doing adventurous and challenging tasks.
Professional Tennis Follower
Larry Ellison has been a huge follower of professional tennis through his life, and took up the game seriously in 2004. In the year 2010, he also picked up a majority single share of 50% one of the top four tournaments in the United States, called the BNP Paribad Open. Since then he has taken the tournament out of the US and virtually saved it from being ended
Larry Ellison owns Audi R8. It’s a two seater sports car. It features a 4.2 V8 engine, which uses Fuel Stratified Injection technology and has a displacement of 4, 163 cubic centimeters. It produces a power of 420 metric horsepower giving itself an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in just about 4 seconds. The top speed of this car is 330 km /h.
Glowing red dashboard
The Oracle CEO has been a proud owner of a McLaren F1, a gorgeous car eminent for its distinctive style and remarkable peformance. One of the classiest cars in Larry Ellison's car collection, Mclaren F1 was auctioned for $3,575,000 by Gooding & Company in 2005. The majestic car proudly owns the title of being the fastest naturally aspirated production car in the world. It boasts a top speed of 240 miles per hour and is known as a racing car that stripped down for public roads. It has 24 carets gold plated cylinders because gold being the best reflector of heat. It has a power output of 627 horsepower and is powered by a BMW 6L V12 engine.
Athletic vocation interiors
Larry Ellison owns a Acuura NSX which is commonly known as the Honda NSX. This is a sports car which is powered by an all aluminum V6 petrol engine and features Honda’s Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control System. It has a 4-speed automatic transmission and also comes in variants with 5 and 6 speed manual transmission. Producing a torque of 224 lb ft, this car reaches to a speed of 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and provides a top speed of 165 mph.
Lexus LFA is a delight for Larry's car collection. It features a V10 engine with a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer body. It possess an engine that produces a torque of 354 lb-ft. It can reach a top speed of 325 km/hr.
Rear-mounted transaxl car
Melanie and Larry
American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund
Ellison has given away millions to charity. He donated $1 million to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.
Federal government software
Ellison made a controversial offer to donate to the Federal government software in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. He made this contribution to enable it to build and run a national identification database and issue ID cards.