Larry Ellison

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Larry Ellison

144B

Oracle

Woodside, California

United States

  • Ellison never finished college. He started out building databases for the CIA.
  • Daughter Megan has financed films such as Zero Dark Thirty and American Hustle; son David produced mainstream movies like The Terminator and Mission: Impossible.
  • Larry Ellison is chairman, chief technology officer and cofounder of software giant Oracle, of which he owns just under 40%.
  • He gave up the Oracle CEO role in 2014 after 37 years at the helm.
  • Oracle has grown in part through steady acquisitions of software companies: the biggest was $28.3 billion for electronic health records company Cerner in 2021.
  • In 2020, Ellison moved permanently to the Hawaiian island Lanai, which he bought nearly all of in 2012 for $300 million.
  • Ellison sat on Tesla's board from December 2018 to August 2022. He still owns about 15 million shares in the electric carmaker.